Soccer / Football : Scotland : Premier League 2016/2017
Aberdeen complete Greg Stewart signing
Aberdeen have announced they have completed the signing of Greg Stewart on a season-long loan from Birmingham City. The 27-year-old arrived in the Granite City this morning to seal the move, with Stewart becoming Derek McInnes' third summer signing. Boss McInnes also confirmed there will be more signings arriving before Europa League signing deadline of Friday, July 7.
Kilmarnock complete double signing
Kilmarnock have signed teenage defender Daniel Higgins on a two-year contract. The 19-year-old was formerly on the books of Celtic, before moving to Dundee on a free transfer in January of this year. Kilmarnock have also signed Alan Power, who comes to Scotland after six years at Lincoln City. The 29-year -old has signed a two-year deal at Rugby Park.
Rangers confirm signing of Mexican duo
Rangers have announced the signing of Mexican duo Carlos Pena and Eduardo Herrera. Midfielder Pena has signed from Liga MX side Chivas and has agreed a three-year deal, as has striker Herrera who arrives from UNAM. They become Rangers' seventh and eighth signings of the close season, following Bruno Alves, Fabio Cardoso, Dalcio, Ryan Jack, Alfredo Morelos and Daniel Candeias in joining Pedro Caixinha's squad.
Griffiths pens one-year deal
Russell Griffiths has joined Motherwell on a one-year deal after he was released by Everton. The 21-year-old goalkeeper spent four months of last season on loan at the Scottish Premiership club, and has now accepted a permanent contract at Fir Park. Griffiths had been on Everton's books since joining as a youth-team player three years ago, although he never made a first-team appearance for the club. During his time in Scotland he made four appearances for Motherwell.
Rangers announce Morelos signing
Rangers have confirmed the signing of striker Alfredo Morelos from Helsinki on a three-year contract. The 20-year-old hit 47 goals in 62 appearances during his time in Finland, having started his career at Independiente Medellin in his homeland. This signing represents manager Pedro Caixinha's sixth signing of the summer as he continues to overhaul the first-team squad at Ibrox.
St Johnstone sign Scougall
St Johnstone have signed attacking midfielder Stefan Scougall from Sheffield United on a two-year deal. The 24-year-old will now be part of the squad which competes in the Europa League qualifiers before the 2017/18 Premiership season gets under way. Scougall scored five goals in 29 appearances for Sheffield last season.
Christie returns to Aberdeen on loan
Aberdeen have signed attacking midfielder Ryan Christie on a season-long loan from Celtic, who have snapped up Dons winger Jonny Hayes. The 22-year-old former Inverness Caley Thistle player spent the second half of 2016/17 on loan at Pittodrie and scored seven goals. Derek McInnes' men return to action in the second qualifying round of the Europa League on Thursday July 13.
Celtic complete Hayes signing
Celtic have formally completed a deal for Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes. The 29-year-old becomes Celtic's first summer signing following a five year spell in the Granite City. The 29-year-old bagged 11 goals for the Dons last term, including two against Celtic in the final month of the season, and won Player of the Year nominations. He has made almost 200 appearances since joining the club from Caley Thistle in 2012.
|7||Ross C.||46||-10||11-13-14 (38)|
|21.5||Celtic - Hearts||2 : 0|
|21.5||Partick - Aberdeen||0 : 6|
|21.5||St.John. - Rangers||1 : 2|
|20.5||Kilmarno. - Ross C.||1 : 2|
|20.5||Inverness - Motherw.||3 : 2|
|20.5||Hamilton - Dundee||4 : 0|
Scottish Premier League stats
|home wins||41 %|
|away wins||33 %|
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.