Soccer / Football : Scotland : Premier League 2017/2018
|28.St.John. - Hamilton|
|31.Motherw. - Rangers|
|Celtic - Ross C.|
|Hibernian - Partick|
|Aberdeen - St.John.|
|Kilmarno. - Hamilton|
|1.Dundee - Hearts|
Tierney to miss Scotland friendlies
Kieran Tierney has pulled out of the Scotland squad to face Costa Rica and Hungary after sitting out Celtic's 0-0 draw with Motherwell at Fir Park. Brendan Rodgers was forced to revert to a three-man defence featuring Dedryck Boyata, Kristoffer Ajer and Hendry after the Scotland left-back suffered a calf problem at the end of last week.
Speaking after Celtic extended their lead at the top of the Premiership to ten points, Rodgers said of Tierney: "He had a slight issue with his calf towards the end of last week. It wasn't quite right. He couldn't play and we'll see how he is for Ross County. He won't be going with Scotland."
Bates sidelined for six weeks
Rangers will be without David Bates for six weeks as scans confirmed he damaged ankle ligaments during the defeat to Celtic. Bates was injured as he tried to block Tom Rogic's equalising goal with the Australian midfielder's follow through catching the centre back's ankle. It means the 21-year-old will miss Rangers' Scottish Cup semi-final clash with their Old Firm rivals on April 15.
Bates to have scan on ankle injury
Rangers defender David Bates will find out on Wednesday the extent of his ankle injury after it was confirmed he had not broken a bone during Sunday's Old Firm thriller. The 21-year-old left Ibrox on crutches after being caught accidentally by Celtic's Tom Rogic as the midfielder curled the ball past Wes Foderingham to make it 1-1. Fears that Bates had broken his ankle in the 3-2 home loss were soon allayed and he will undergo a scan. The former Raith Rovers defender faces a race against time to be fit for the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden on Sunday April 15.
|12||Ross C.||22||-20||5-7-18 (30)|
|18.3||Motherw. - Celtic||0 : 0|
|17.3||Hearts - Partick||3 : 0|
|17.3||Aberdeen - Dundee||1 : 0|
|17.3||Rangers - Kilmarno.||0 : 1|
|17.3||Ross C. - Hamilton||2 : 2|
|16.3||St.John. - Hibernian||1 : 1|
Scottish Premier League stats
|home wins||39 %|
|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.