Soccer / Football : Scotland : Premier League 2013/2014
Celtic without key players
Celtic are plagued by illness and injury problems ahead of their clash with Motherwell. Midfielder Tom Rogic has a calf problem, while wide men Dylan McGeouch (ankle) and James Forrest (hamstring) are also doubts for the match. Forward Georgios Samaras and midfielder Nir Biton have both missed training in the last two days with a virus.
Celtic have been boosted with the return to training of defender Adam Matthews following shoulder surgery, but he will not be involved while Beram Kayal (foot) and Steven Mouyokolo (Achilles) remain out of action.
|3||Dun. Utd.||26||18||7-5-3 (15)|
|8||St Mirren||16||-7||4-4-6 (14)|
|11||Ross C.||11||-13||3-2-9 (14)|
|7.12||Hibernian - Partick||1:1|
|7.12||Dun. Utd. - Hearts||4:1|
|7.12||St Mirren - Inverness||0:0|
|7.12||St.John. - Aberdeen||0:2|
|7.12||Ross C. - Kilmarno.||1:2|
|6.12||Motherw. - Celtic||0:5|...
Scottish Premier League stats
|home wins||44 %|
|away wins||34 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Scotland : Premier League 2013/2014
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.