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Celtic awarded ninth title in a row

Celtic have been crowned Scottish Premiership champions for a ninth year in a row after the season was abandoned because of the coronavirus crisis. After consultation with all 12 Premiership clubs, the final league standings have been decided by points per game. That means Celtic, who had a 13-point lead over Rangers but had played a game more, retain their top spot. Steven Gerrard's Rangers comfortably secured second place, ahead of Motherwell, Aberdeen and Livingston. At the bottom of the table Hearts, who were only four points behind Hamilton, have been relegated.

  • Champinos and League Cup winners: Celtic (Champions League QR1)
  • Runners-up: Glasgow Rangers (Europa League QR2)
  • Third place: Motherwell (Europa League QR1)
  • Fourth place: Aberdeen (Europa League QR1)
  • Relegated: Hearts
  • Promoted: Dundee United.
#Teampoints per gameGDW-D-L
1Celtic2.677026-2-2 (30)
2Rangers2.314521-4-4 (29)
3Motherwell1.53314-4-12 (30)
4Aberdeen1.50412-9-9 (30)
5Livingston1.30210-9-11 (30)
6St Johnstone1.24-188-12-9 (29)
7Hibernian1.23-79-10-11 (30)
8Kilmarnock1.10-109-6-15 (30)
9St Mirren0.97-177-8-15 (30)
10Ross County0.97-317-8-15 (30)
11Hamilton0.90-206-9-15 (30)
12Hearts0.77-214-11-15 (30)

The SPL standings for season 2019/2020.

Callum Davidson named as new manager of St Johnstone

St Johnstone have appointed Callum Davidson as their new manager. The 43-year-old, who began is career at St Johnstone before going on to play in the English Premier League, returns to Perth in his first permanent role as a manager. He has penned a three-year-deal, arriving after a spell as assistant manager of Millwall. Davidson replaces Tommy Wright in the McDiarmid Park dugout. Wright was manager of the Saints for seven years until leaving the post earlier this year.

TeamTitles15/1616/1717/1818/1919/20
Rangers54-3322
Celtic5111111
Aberdeen422244
Hibernian4--457
Motherwell149783
Kilmarnock1118538
Dundee United112----
St. Johnstone-44876
Hamilton-1011101011
Ross County-6712-10
St Mirren----119
Livingston----95

The overall number of titles (since 1891) for each club in the Scottish Premier League and their league standings in the last five seasons.

Stuart Kettlewell to manage Ross County

Ross County have announced that Stuart Kettlewell will take sole charge of the club as manager. Kettlewell has shared the role of co-manager with Steven Ferguson for the last two and a half years. As part of an internal restructuring at the Scottish Premiership club, Ferguson has taken up the role of chief executive. Kettlewellled County's under-20 team before being appointed co-manager in 2018.

This page is introduction to the 2020/2021 Scottish Premier League season. Latest news, statistics, results and predictions you can find on our main Euro Football > Scotland page.

Micky Mellon appointed as Dundee United manager

Dundee United have appointed Micky Mellon as their manager after agreeing compensation for the year left on his Tranmere Rovers contract. The Scot, 48, ended his four-year stay at Prenton Park to replace Robbie Neilson for United's top-flight return. Having started his managerial career back in 2008, he has vast experience of the English game from spells in charge at Fleetwood, Shrewsbury and Tranmere.

TeamOddsTeamOdds
Celtic1.4Livingston1001
Rangers2.87Dundee Utd751
Aberdeen101St Johnstone1001
Hibernian151Ross County1001
Kilmarnock751St Mirren2001
Motherwell351Hamilton2501

The preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2020/21 Scottish football league.

Scottish Cup finals in last five seasons

The 2020 Scottish Cup Final was originally scheduled to take place at Hampden Park on 9 May 2020, but was postponed prior to the semi-finals being played with no alternative date proposed at that point, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland.On 21 July, the final was rescheduled for 20 December.

2020   -
2019   Celtic - Hearts   2:1
2018   Celtic - Motherwell   2:0
2017   Celtic - Aberdeen   2:1
2016   Hibernian - Rangers   3:2

Scottish League Cup finals in last five seasons

2020   Celtic - Rangers  1:0
2019   Celtic - Aberdeen   1:0
2018   Celtic - Motherwell   2:0
2017   Celtic - Aberdeen   3:0
2016   Ross County - Hibernian   2:1

Key players
(transfer market value in m€)

Aberdeen

Goalkeeper Joe Lewis (0.4); Defense: Scott McKenna (2), Tommie Hoban (0.4), Michael Devlin (0.4); Midfield: Lewis Ferguson (1.5), Funso Ojo (0.6), Jonny Hayes (0.6), Niall McGinn (0.6), Craig Bryson (0.5); Forward: Sam Cosgrove (1), Curtis Main (0.4).

Celtic Glasgow

Goalkeeper Vasilios Barkas (5); Defense: Christopher Jullien (6), Kristoffer Ajer (4), Jeremie Frimpong (3); Midfield: Mohamed Elyounoussi (9.5), James Forrest (8), Ryan Christie (6.5), Callum McGregor (6), Olivier Ntcham (4); Forward: Odsonne Edouard (15), Patryk Klimala (3.6).

Dundee United

Goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist (0.3); Defense: Luke Bolton (2.3), Adrian Sporle (0.4), Liam Smith (0.4), Jamie Robson (0.4); Midfield: Paul McMullan (0.4), Louis Appere (0.4), Calum Butcher (0.3), Ian Harkes (0.3); Forward: Lawrence Shankland (0.7), Nicky Clark (0.4).

Hamilton

Goalkeeper Ryan Fulton (0.2); Defense: Jamie Hamilton (0.4), Scott McMann (0.4), Brian Easton (0.3), Shaun Want (0.3); Midfield: Lewis Smith (0.5), Scott Martin (0.3), Will Collar (0.3), Ross Callachan (0.3); Forward: Marios Ogboe (0.4), David Moyo (0.3).

Hibernian

Goalkeeper Ofir Marciano (0.4); Defense: Paul Hanlon (0.5), Ryan Porteous (0.4), Adam Jackson (0.4); Midfield: Martin Boyle (1), Scott Allan (0.9), Stevie Mallan (0.6), Daryl Horgan (0.5), Melker Hallberg (0.4); Forward: Christian Doidge (1), Kevin Nisbet (0.5).

Kilmarnock

Goalkeeper Danny Rogers (0.2); Defense: Stuart Findlay (0.6), Clevid Dikamona (0.3), Calum Waters (0.3), Aaron McGowan (0.3); Midfield: Aaron Tshibola (0.8), Gary Dicker (0.4), Greg Kiltie (0.4), Alan Power (0.4); Forward: Eamonn Brophy (0.7), Nicke Kabamba (0.2).

Livingston

Goalkeeper Ross Stewart (0.2); Defense: Efe Eric Ambrose (0.4), Alan Lithgow (0.3), Jon Guthrie (0.3), Jack McMillan (0.3); Midfield: Scott Pittman (0.4), Robbie Crawford (0.4), Marvin Bartley (0.3), Scott Robinson (0.3); Forward: Lyndon Dykes (0.5), Matej Poplatnik (0.2).

Motherwell

Goalkeeper Trevor Carson (0.3); Defense: Declan Gallagher (0.5), Jake Carroll (0.4), Charles Dunne (0.4); Midfield: David Turnbull (1.8), Allan Campbell (1), Liam Polworth (0.8), Liam Donnelly (0.6), Jermaine Hylton (0.5); Forward: Chris Long (0.5), Tony Watt (0.4).

Rangers

Goalkeeper Allan McGregor (0.5); Defense: James Tavernier (5), Connor Goldson (4), Borna Barisic (4); Midfield: Ianis Hagi (4.5), Ryan Kent (3.5), Scott Arfield (2), Ryan Jack (1.7); Forward: Alfredo Morelos (15), Kemar Roofe (4.5), Cedric Itten (4).

Ross County

Goalkeeper Ross Doohan (0.4); Defense: Connor Randall (0.4), Callum Morris (0.3), Tom Grivosti (0.3), Coll Donaldson (0.3), Keith Watson (0.3); Midfield: Josh Mullin (0.4), Blair Spittal (0.4), Ross Draper (0.3); Forward: Ross Stewart (0.5), Lee Erwin (0.4).

St. Johnstone

Goalkeeper Zander Clark (0.3); Defense: Jason Kerr (0.5), Jamie McCart (0.4), Scott Tanser (0.4), Shaun Rooney (0.4); Midfield: Ali McCann (0.6), Craig Conway (0.4), David Wotherspoon (0.4); Forward: Stevie May (0.4), Chris Kane (0.4), Callum Hendry (0.4).

St. Mirren

Goalkeeper Jak Alnwick (0.3); Defense: Joe Shaughnessy (0.4), Richard Tait (0.4), Marcus Fraser (0.4), Jack Baird (0.4); Midfield: Ilkay Durmus (0.4), Kyle Magennis (0.4), Cameron MacPherson (0.3), Ryan Flynn (0.3); Forward: Jonathan Obika (0.4), Junior Morias (0.3).