Soccer / Football : Scotland : Premier League 2016/2017
Hearts sign right-back Struna
Hearts have moved to fill the void created by Callum Paterson's injury by signing Slovenia right-back Andraz Struna. The 27-year-old becomes Hearts' second signing in 24 hours after French midfielder Malaury Martin joined on Tuesday. Struna has signed until the end of the season following a three-year spell with Greek top-flight side Giannina.
Hearts sign Malaury Martin
Hearts have signed French midfielder Malaury Martin on a free transfer. The 28-year-old, whose previous clubs include Blackpool and Middlesbrough, has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal after leaving Norwegian club Lillestrom at the start of the month. Martin, who usually plays as an attacking midfielder, is Hearts' latest January signing following short-term deals for Aaron Hughes and Lennard Sowah.
Kilmarnock sign Osborne
Kilmarnock have signed Karleigh Osborne on a two-year contract following the defender's release from Plymouth. The 28-year-old started his senior career at Brentford and has had spells at Millwall, Bristol City, Colchester United and Wimbledon. He made only one league appearance for Plymouth due to injury problems which plagued the player throughout 2016.
Anier joins Inverness
Inverness Caledonian Thistle have announced the arrival of former Dundee United, Hibs and Motherwell striker Henri Anier. The Estonia international has penned a deal until the end of the season after his release from Swedish club Kalmar. Anier scored 11 goals in the Scottish top-flight during spells with Motherwell and Dundee United and returns to Scotland only six months after leaving the Tannadice outfit.
Toral joins Rangers on loan
Rangers have signed Jon Toral on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder came through the Barcelona youth academy and signed for the Gunners in 2014, but is yet to make a first-team appearance for the north London club. He has plenty of experience at Championship level in England though, having spent the 2014-15 season at Brentford where he played 34 matches and scored six times.
Rangers sign defender David Bates
Rangers have signed highly-rated defender David Bates from Raith Rovers after the 20-year-old impressed on a development loan at Ibrox. Bates has signed an 18-month deal after spending the first half of the season with the Gers' under 20 side.
Hyndman joins Rangers on loan
Rangers have announced the signing of Emerson Hyndman on a loan deal until the end of the season. The 20-year-old American arrives from Bournemouth and is Mark Warburton's first signing of the January transfer window. Hyndman plays in central midfield but has found first team opportunities limited at the English Premier League side and has moved north in hope of regular football.
Celtic agree to sign Kouassi Eboue
Celtic have agreed a £2.8 million deal to sign Kouassi Eboue from Russian side Krasnodar. The teenage defensive midfielder could join the club on their winter break trip to Dubai. Obtaining a work permit could form a potential obstacle. Eboue, 19, has not yet played international football for Ivory Coast after being left on the bench for recent friendlies against Morocco and France. But he played in all six of Krasnodar's Europa League group games.
|5||Ross C.||23||-13||5-8-8 (21)|
|31.12||Dundee - St.John.||3 : 0|
|31.12||Rangers - Celtic||1 : 2|
|31.12||Partick - Kilmarno.||0 : 0|
|31.12||Hamilton - Motherw.||1 : 1|
|31.12||Ross C. - Inverness||3 : 2|
|30.12||Hearts - Aberdeen||0 : 1|
Scottish Premier League stats
|home wins||38 %|
|away wins||30 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Scotland : Premier League 2016/2017
The Scottish Premier League (SPL) contains 12 teams. During the first phase of the season, each team plays three matches against each opponent, twice away and once at home, or twice at home and once away. After 33 games, the league splits into two groups of six, according to their points earned, a "split league format". The clubs will compete only within their groups during the second phase. The top six teams contest for the championship and European competitions, with the bottom six battling to retain their top flight status. So, the top six play each other once more, as the bottom six clubs, making 38 games total.
Points achieved during the first phase of the season will be carried forward to the second phase, but the teams in the bottom group can finish no higher than seventh in the league. After completing a season, the top two teams have to go through qualifying rounds to enter the UEFA Champions League. The third placed team is qualified for the UEFA Cup, along with the Scottish FA Cup winners. Only the bottom placed club will be relegated to a lower division. However, if the top side in the Scottish First Division fails to meet the ground criteria there will be no relegation from the Scottish Premier League.