Soccer / Football : Scotland : Premier League 2017/2018
|19.Kilmarno. - Celtic|
|Hibernian - Hamilton|
|Aberdeen - Dundee|
|Rangers - Hearts|
|Motherw. - Ross C.|
|St.John. - Partick|
Hibernian seal loan deal for Barker
Hibernian have announced the signing of Brandon Barker on a season-long loan from Manchester City. The 20-year old winger is a product of City's youth system, who has played on loan for Rotherham United and NAC Breda in the last two seasons. Coach Neil Lennon has been keen to add extra width to his squad following the departures of Chris Humphrey and Alex Harris at the end of last campaign.
Moussa faces lengthy absence
Dundee striker Sofien Moussa is facing an extended spell on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on his injured knee. The 29-year-old Tunisian becomes the second Dundee forward to go under the knife in the space of a week with Craig Wighton also needing operated on after suffering a cruciate injury. Midfielder Roarie Deacon, who picked up a knock last week, is making steady progress while midfielder Randy Wolters' hamstring injury is not as bad as first feared.
Hibs seal Anthony Stokes deal
Anthony Stokes is confident he can get back to his best form after completing a return to Hibs for a third spell. The 29-year-old striker underwent a medical ahead of completing a two-year deal in Leith, where he is a favourite with fans after netting in the 2016 Scottish Cup Final win over Rangers. Stokes was manager Neil Lennon's No.1 summer target when it became clear his time at Blackburn Rovers was up.
Hearts sack manager Cathro
Hearts have sacked head coach Ian Cathro just four days before the start of the Premiership season, after only seven months in charge at Tynecastle. The Edinburgh club acted swiftly following their failure to reach the Betfred Cup second round after finishing behind Dunfermline and Peterhead in their group. The 31-year-old won only five of his 22 league games in charge, as the club finished fifth in the Scottish Premiership.
O'Halloran joins St Johnstone on loan
Rangers forward Michael O'Halloran has joined St Johnstone on loan until January. O'Halloran moved to Ibrox from the Saints during the January transfer window in 2016 and scored three times in 37 appearances. He was deemed surplus to requirements by boss Pedro Caixinha, however, and has now returned to Perth for the first half of the Premiership campaign.
Hearts sign Randall on loan
Hearts have completed the signing of Liverpool defender Connor Randall on a season-long loan. The 21-year-old is the sixth new arrival at Tynecastle this summer as manager Ian Cathro continues to revamp his squad. Randall has made three first-team appearances for the Anfield side, with his Premier League debut coming in April last year when Liverpool beat Bournemouth 2-1.
Kilmarnock sign Erwin from Leeds
Kilmarnock have completed the signing of striker Lee Erwin on a two-year deal. The 22-year-old, who negotiated his release from English Championship side Leeds United earlier in the week, has returned to Scotland after beginning his career at Motherwell. Erwin started his career at Motherwell, making 34 appearances before joining Leeds in 2015. He spent last season on loan at Oldham and finished as the club's top scorer with 10 goals in 40 games.
Hibernian sign midfielder Vykintas Slivka
Hibernian have confirmed the signing of Juventus midfielder Vykintas Slivka on a permanent contract. Neil Lennon was initially expected to bring in the 22-year-old on loan from the Serie A champions but an undisclosed fee has been paid to make the player the club's seventh summer signing. Slivka has 19 caps for Lithuania and has spent loan spells with Slovenia's Gorica, Dutch side Den Bosch and Serie B Ascoli in recent seasons.
|7||Ross C.||3||0||1-0-1 (2)|
|12.8||Kilmarno. - Hearts||0 : 1|
|12.8||Rangers - Hibernian||2 : 3|
|12.8||Hamilton - Dundee||3 : 0|
|12.8||St.John. - Motherw.||4 : 1|
|12.8||Ross C. - Aberdeen||1 : 2|
|11.8||Partick - Celtic||0 : 1|
Scottish Premier League stats
|home wins||42 %|
|away wins||58 %|
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.