Soccer / Football : Scotland : Premier League 2017/2018
Rangers sign Martin on loan
Rangers have signed Norwich City and Scotland centre-back Russell Martin on loan. The 32-year-old has agreed a deal to join the Ibrox club until the end of the season after falling out of favour at Carrow Road. He becomes the club's fourth signing of the January transfer window, following the arrivals of QPR midfielder Sean Goss, Brighton winger Jamie Murphy and Nottingham Forest striker Jason Cummings.
Cummings completes loan move to Rangers
Rangers have signed Jason Cummings from Nottingham Forest on loan until the end of the season, with the option to buy the Scotland forward. Cummings, 22, who joined Forest in the summer from Hibernian, has scored four goals this season and made his senior international debut in November. He netted 69 times for Hibs, helping them win the 2016 Scottish Cup and last season's Championship title.
Celtic attacker undergoes surgery
Stuart Armstrong is set to miss at least four games for Celtic, after undergoing hernia surgery, according to the Scottish Sun. The newspaper claim that the attacking midfielder had the surgery to fix a long-running injury, with the Hoops believing it was for the best that he had the operation in the winter break. This season, Armstrong has made 33 appearances across all competitions, scoring four goals and registering five assists.
Hamilton recruit Kozoronis
Hamilton have signed defensive midfielder Chrysovalantis Kozoronis from Greek side Giannina until summer 2019. The 25-year-old has never played outside his home country having previously come through the ranks at Ergotelis before breaking into the first team. Midfielder Darren Lyon, meanwhile, will now remain at Hamilton until at least January 2021 after signing a two-and-a-half year extension.
Aberdeen sign Nwakali on loan
Aberdeen have signed Manchester City midfielder Chidi Nwakali, 21, on loan until the end of the season. The Nigerian youth international was recently on loan at Norwegian side Sogndal and pending a work-permit being approved, will be available for the Dons Scottish Cup tie with St Mirren next week. Manager Derek McInnes has a gap in his squad to fill after the departure of Greg Tansey, who left for Ross County on loan until the end of the season.
Maclaren joins Hibernian on loan
Jamie Maclaren has agreed to join Hibernian on loan. The five-cap Socceroos striker has left German second-tier side Darmstadt after his selection bid for Russia 2018 stalled with a lack of game time. Maclaren signed a three-year deal with Darmstadt in May under former German international Torsten Frings. But his place in the squad was put under more of a cloud after Frings was sacked as coach and replaced by Dirk Schuster.
Murphy joins Rangers
Jamie Murphy has joined Glasgow Rangers from Brighton on loan until the end of the season. The 29-year-old is then set to join the Ibrox club permanently in the summer for a fixed fee that has been guaranteed between the two clubs. The former Motherwell winger becomes Graeme Murty's second signing of the January transfer window following the addition of Sean Goss on loan from QPR.
Bruno Alves set for another injury lay-off
Rangers defender Bruno Alves could be set for another lengthy lay-off after posting a photo of himself in a leg brace. Alves lasted less than 20 minutes of Saturday's goalless draw at Celtic Park before limping off. He left Parkhead on crutches with Gers boss Graeme Murty revealing the pain was coming either from his ankle or calf. The 36-year-old Portugal defender was still on crutches wearing a protective boot on his left leg as he praised the "quality service" from Hospital Senhor Do Bonfim in his homeland on his Instagram account on Tuesday.
|12||Ross C.||17||-15||4-5-13 (22)|
|30.12||Celtic - Rangers||0 : 0|
|30.12||Hibernian - Kilmarno.||1 : 1|
|30.12||Aberdeen - Hearts||0 : 0|
|30.12||Motherw. - Hamilton||1 : 3|
|30.12||Partick - Ross C.||2 : 0|
|30.12||St.John. - Dundee||0 : 2|
Scottish Premier League stats
|home wins||38 %|
|away wins||37 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Scotland : Premier League 2017/2018
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.