Scottish football : Scottish Premier League 2013/2014 season preview
Double delight for Celtic
Celtic have retained the Scottish Premier League title with four games to spare last season. After claiming the league title by 16 points, they secured a double with a 3-0 win against Hibernian in the Scottish Cup final. Manager Neil Lennon also led the Glasgow team to a last-16 place in the UEFA Champions League, the highlight of their European run being a home victory over Barcelona the day after Celtic celebrated their 125th anniversary.
- Champinos and Cup winners: Celtic (Champions League QR2)
- Runners-up: Motherwell (UEFA Europa League QR3)
- Third place: St. Johnstone (UEFA Europa League QR2)
- Cup finalists: Hibernian (UEFA Europa League QR2)
- Relegated: Dundee
- Promoted: Partick Thistle
The overall number of titles (since 1891) for each club in the Scottish Premier League and their league standings in the last five seasons.
Tommy Wright takes over as St. Johnstone manager
St. Johnstone have appointed of Tommy Wright as their new manager, with left-back Callum Davidson to act as his assistant. Former Northern Ireland goalkeeper Wright, 49, was assistant to Steve Lomas, who has left the club to take over at Millwall. Wright has also managed managed Limavady United, Ballymena United, and Lisburn Distillery in his homeland. The Northern Irishman is currently also the national side's goalkeeping coach. Davidson, 36, was due to be out of contract this summer but will remain on the playing staff.
This page is introduction to the 2013/2014 Scottish Premier League season. Latest news, statistics, results and predictions you can find on our main Euro Football > Scotland page.
Allan Johnston named new Kilmarnock boss
Kilmarnock have confirmed Allan Johnston as their new manager. Johnston led Queen of the South to the Second Division title and the Scottish Challenge Cup, when they beat Partick Thistle on penalties, last season. The 39-year-old, who spent five years as a Kilmarnock player between 2004 and 2009, replaces Kenny Shiels, who was axed in June. Queen of the South received about 30,000 pounds in compensation, with Johnston and assistant Sandy Clark signing two-year deals with Kilmarnock.
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|11||St. Mirren||41||-13||9-14-15 (38)|
The SPL standings for season 2012/2013
Celtic target another title
Bookmakers have installed Celtic as favourites to take the title this season at the incredible odds of 1.02. The battle for second place is between Motherwell and Aberdeen according to bookmakers.
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The preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2013/14 Scottish football league.
Scottish Cup finals in last five seasons
2013 Celtic - Hibernian 3:0
2012 Hearts - Hibernian 5:1
2011 Celtic - Motherwell 3:0
2010 Dundee United - Ross County 3:0
2009 Rangers - Falkirk 1:0
Scottish League Cup finals in last five seasons
2013 St. Mirren - Hearts 3:2
2012 Kilmarnock - Celtic 1:0
2011 Rangers - Celtic 2:1
2010 Rangers - St. Mirren 1:0
2009 Celtic - Rangers 2:0
(transfer market value in m€)
Goalkeeper Jamie Langfield (0.5); Defense: Andy Considine (1), Mark Reynolds (0.8), Russell Anderson (0.5); Midfield: Gregg Wylde (1), Jonny Hayes (0.9), Ryan Jack (0.6), Barry Robson (0.5), Willo Flood (0.5); Forward: Niall McGinn (0.6), Scott Vernon (0.4).
Goalkeeper Fraser Forster (4); Defense: Emilio Izaguirre (4.5), Charlie Mulgrew (3.5), Virgil van Dijk (3), Mikael Lustig (2.5); Midfield: Scott Brown (5.5), Joe Ledley (3.5), Biram Kayal (3.5), Kris Commons (3); Forward: Georgios Samaras (4.3), James Forrest (3).
Goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak (0.3); Defense: Gavin Gunning (0.5), Sean Dillon (0.4), Keith Watson (0.4); Midfield: Gary Mackay-Steven (0.6), John Rankin (0.5), Stuart Armstrong (0.5), Paul Paton (0.3), Chris Erskine (0.3); Forward: David Goodwillie (1.5), Nadir Ciftci (0.4).
Goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald (0.4); Defense: Danny Wilson (1.5), Jamie Hamill (0.8), Dylan McGowan (0.2), Kevin McHattie (0.2); Midfield: Ryan Stevenson (0.5), Scott Robinson (0.4), Jamie Walker (0.2), Jason Holt (0.1); Forward: Callum Paterson (0.2), Billy King (0.1).
Goalkeeper Ben Williams (0.5); Defense: Paul Hanlon (0.7), James McPake (0.6), Ryan McGivern (0.5); Midfield: Scott Robertson (1), Liam Craig (0.8), Lewis Stevenson (0.6), Kevin Thomson (0.5), Paul Cairney (0.5); Forward: Rowan Vine (0.5), James Collins (0.2).
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Goalkeeper Ryan Esson (0.3); Defense: Graeme Shinnie (0.5), Josh Meekings (0.4), Gary Warren (0.3), David Raven (0.3); Midfield: Aaron Doran (0.5), Nick Ross (0.4), Ross Draper (0.3), Conor Pepper (0.3); Forward: Richie Foran (0.7), Billy McKay (0.5).
Goalkeeper Craig Samson (0.5); Defense: James Fowler (0.5), Jeroen Tesselaar (0.4), Rory McKeown (0.3); Midfield: Sammy Clingan (0.5), Darren Barr (0.5), Manuel Pascali (0.5); Forward: Paul Heffernan (0.6), Kris Boyd (0.5), Borja Perez (0.4), Rory McKenzie (0.2).
Goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen (0.3); Defense: Stephen McManus (1.5), Stevie Hammell (0.6), Shaun Hutchinson (0.5), Simon Ramsden (0.3); Midfield: Keith Lasley (0.7), Iain Vigurs (0.5), Paul Lawson (0.4); Forward: James McFadden (1.5), John Sutton (0.5), Henri Anier (0.3).
Goalkeeper Paul Gallacher (0.5); Defense: Jordan McMillan (0.3), Alan Archibald (0.3), Aaron Sinclair (0.3), Stephen O'Donnell (0.3); Midfield: Hugh Murray (0.4), Mark Kerr (0.3), Ross Forbes (0.3), Sean Welsh (0.2); Forward: Kris Doolan (0.4), John Baird (0.3).
Goalkeeper Mark Brown (0.4); Defense: Steven Saunders (0.6), Grant Munro (0.4), Scott Boyd (0.4), Mihael Kovacevic (0.3); Midfield: Richard Brittain (0.5), Ivan Sproule (0.5), Stuart Kettlewell (0.4), Rocco Quinn (0.4); Forward: Gary Glen (0.3), Melvin de Leeuw (0.3).
Goalkeeper Alan Mannus (0.4); Defense: Dave MacKay (0.9), Brian Easton (0.5), Steven Anderson (0.4), Frazer Wright (0.4); Midfield: Murray Davidson (1), David Wotherspoon (0.8), Chris Millar (0.6), Patrick Cregg (0.4); Forward: Steve MacLean (0.5), Nigel Hasselbaink (0.4).
Goalkeeper David Cornell (0.3); Defense: Danny Grainger (0.5), David van Zanten (0.5), Darren McGregor (0.4), Marc McAusland (0.4); Midfield: Kenny McLean (0.6), Gary Teale (0.6), Gary Harkins (0.5), Jim Goodwin (0.5); Forward: Paul McGowan (0.9), Steven Thompson (0.7).