Dundee appoints Brown as fulltime manager
Interim Dundee manager John Brown has been given the job fulltime after guiding the club to only one loss in seven matches. Brown was appointed on a temporary basis following Barry Smith's departure in February and has now agreed to a two-year contract.
Celtic crowned SPL champions
Celtic clinched the Scottish Premier League title on Sunday when they beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle 4-1. The victory left second-placed Motherwell, who won 3-1 at Dundee United on Friday, 15 points behind the Glasgow club with only four games remaining. Celtic have now amassed 44 Scottish league championships. They will go into the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds next season.
Neil Lennon handed three-match ban
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has had a three-match suspended touchline ban triggered after being found guilty of misconduct by the Scottish Football Association for using offensive language toward an opposition player during a league match against St. Mirren on March 31. Lennon has five working days to launch an appeal against the penalty. If he does not appeal before the weekend, he will have to watch Sunday's home game against Inverness from the stands, where Celtic could clinch the title.
|5||Ross C.||50||-2||12-14-11 (37)|
|8||Dun. Utd.||47||-7||11-14-12 (37)|
|11||St Mirren||38||-15||8-14-15 (37)|
|15.5||Kilmarno. - Hibernian||1:3|
|12.5||Hearts - Hibernian||1:2|
|12.5||Motherw. - Ross C.||2:0|
|11.5||Celtic - St.John.||4:0|
|11.5||Dundee - Kilmarno.||2:3|
|11.5||Inverness - Dun. Utd.||1:2|...
Scottish Premier League stats
|home wins||39 %|
|away wins||29 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Scotland : Premier League 2012/2013
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.