Soccer / Football : Scotland : Premier League 2016/2017
Celtic striker could be fit for Cup final
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has not ruled Moussa Dembele out of Scottish Cup final. The French striker pulled up in the first half of the 2-0 semi-final win over Rangers on Sunday with a hamstring injury. It was believed that the 20-year-old would play no further part in Celtic's season but the Hoops boss claimed he still "has a chance" of facing Aberdeen at Hampden on May 27.
Dembele blow for Celtic
Moussa Dembele's season could be over after the Celtic striker was told he faces a potential six-week injury layoff. The 20-year-old suffered a hamstring problem in the first half of Sunday's semi-final win over Rangers. Dembele has scored 32 goals in 49 appearances in his debut campaign since joining from Fulham. Recently crowned Premiership champions Celtic have five leagues games left to play before rounding off their campaign against Aberdeen in the May 27 Scottish Cup final.
Dembele to undergo scan on hamstring injury
Moussa Dembele will undergo a scan on Monday to discover if he has any chance of playing in the Scottish Cup Final. Celtic earned a tilt at their first domestic Treble in 16 years as goals from Callum McGregor and Scott Sinclair eased them to a one-sided semi-final victory over Rangers at Hampden. The only negative for Brendan Rodgers was a hamstring pull for star striker Dembele in the first half.
'We will get the scan, but it looks like a hamstring,' said Rodgers, whose team took their unbeaten domestic run to 41 games in what was the club's first semi-final triumph over Rangers in the tournament since 1925. Asked if Dembele is a cup final doubt, he added: 'We'll see. If it's a full blown hamstring then he probably wouldn't be (available).'
Ross C. 19.4.17
Schalk accepts two-game ban
Ross County striker Alex Schalk has accepted a two-game suspension for diving. The 24-year-old was charged with committing "an act of simulation" to earn his side a penalty in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Celtic. Schalk threw himself to the ground in the 88th minute, with Celtic leading 2-1, and Liam Boyce scored from the spot to earn County a draw. Schalk will miss the Premiership games against Inverness and Motherwell.
Wallace likely to miss semi-final
Rangers captain Lee Wallace could miss this month's Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic as he is expected to be sidelined for up to four weeks. The left-back has undergone surgery on the abdominal problem he picked up playing in Scotland's 1-1 friendly draw with Canada.
"Lee Wallace should be finishing his surgery right now," manager Pedro Caixinha said on Tuesday. "So maybe, for the next three to four weeks, he will be out of the team."
Celtic secure Scottish title
Forward Leigh Griffiths has apparently broken a bone in his back, but Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers insisted the injury is not as bad as it sounds and he could return in a week. Griffiths sat out the title-winning clash at Tynecastle with a knock he sustained on Scotland duty seven days earlier against Slovenia. Meanwhile, Rodgers has won his first Premiership crown after a 5-0 thrashing of Hearts at the weekend. Celtic remain unbeaten domestically, winning a sixth consecutive title with eight matches to spare, having won 28 from 30.
|7||Ross C.||36||-13||8-12-14 (34)|
|28.4||Ross C. - Inverness||4 : 0|
|16.4||Ross C. - Celtic||2 : 2|
|15.4||Dundee - Hamilton||0 : 2|
|15.4||Rangers - Partick||2 : 0|
|15.4||Motherw. - Inverness||4 : 2|
|15.4||St.John. - Aberdeen||1 : 2|
Scottish Premier League stats
|home wins||42 %|
|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.