Scottish football/soccer : Scottish Premier League 2012/2013 season preview
Rangers kicked out of Scottish Premier League
Having lost the Scottish title on the final day of the 2010/11 campaign, Celtic clinched the championship with an emphatic 6-0 win against Kilmarnock with a month of last season remaining. "It's the best day of my professional life," Celtic manager Neil Lennon said. Lennon's first title in his second full season as manager, and Celtic's first in four years, comes after they came from 15 points beind to overhaul holders Rangers, who began to stumble even before being docked 10 points by the Scottish Premier League for going into administration in February.
Rangers were also ejected from the Scottish Premier League when rival teams voted to exclude the Glasgow giants following their financial crisis. Rangers chief executive Charles Green said the 140-year-old club was "deeply disappointed" with the result of the vote. Rangers, one of the most famous teams in Britain, won a record 54 domestic league titles but has tax debts of 21 million pounds. They will begin the new season in the Third Division, the fourth tier of Scottish football. Club owner Craig Whyte has also been banned for life from any involvement in Scottish footbal.
The Scottish Premier League has invited Dundee to play in the top flight to replace Rangers. They were chosen ahead of relegated Dunfermline at the SPL's annual general meeting. Dundee, who have been in administration twice in the last nine years, are replacing a once-mighty giant that could not survive the same process. They finished runners-up in the second tier last season, 24 points behind First Division champions Ross County.
The overall number of titles (since 1891) for each club in the Scottish Premier League and their league standings in the last five seasons.
This page is introduction to the 2012/2013 Scottish Premier League season. Latest news, statistics, results and predictions you can find on our main Euro Football > Scotland page.
The SPL standings for season 2011/2012
Life without Rangers
The Scottish Premier League has been labelled a two-horse race for the past 25 years, with the title swinging backwards and forwards between Ranger and Celtic. Following the news Rangers will begin the 2012/13 season in the Third Division, bookmakers have quickly installed Celtic as favourites to take the title this season at the incredible odds of 1.03. Some critics believe Celtic will have the title sewn up by Christmas and attention now turns to the more interesting battle of which team will finish second. The battle for second place is between Hearts, Motherwell and Dundee United according to bookmakers.
The preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2012/13 Scottish football league.
Scottish Cup finals in last five seasons
2008 Rangers - Queen Of The South 3:2
Scottish League Cup finals in last five seasons
2008 Rangers - Dundee United 2:2 (3:2 penalties)