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Scottish Premiership
2016-17
Scottish Premiership
Season information
Winners Celtic
Relegated Inverness
Domestic cup winners
Scottish Cup Celtic
Scottish League Cup Celtic
Continental cup qualifiers
Champions League Celtic
Europa League Aberdeen
Rangers
St Johnstone
Season statistics
Matches played 228
Goals scored 628
Average (2.75 per match)
Top goalscorer Liam Boyce (23 goals)
Biggest home win Celtic 6–1 Kilmarnock
(24 September 2016)
Aberdeen 7–2 Motherwell
(15 February 2017)
Biggest away win Dundee 0–7 Aberdeen
(31 March 2017)
Highest scoring Aberdeen 7–2 Motherwell
(15 February 2017)
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The 2016–17 Scottish Premiership (known as the Ladbrokes Premiership for sponsorship reasons) is the fourth season of the Scottish Premiership, the highest division of Scottish football. The fixtures were published on 17 June 2016. The season began on 6 August 2016. Celtic were the defending champions.

On 2 April 2017, Celtic won their sixth consecutive title and 48th overall after a 5-0 win away to Heart of Midlothian, with eight rounds still to play.

Twelve teams contest the league: Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee, Hamilton Academical, Heart of Midlothian, Inverness CT, Kilmarnock, Motherwell, Partick Thistle, Rangers, Ross County and St Johnstone.

Teams

Promoted from Scottish Championship

Relegated from Scottish Premiership

Stadia and locations

Aberdeen Celtic Dundee Hamilton Academical
Pittodrie Stadium Celtic Park Dens Park New Douglas Park
Capacity: 20,897 Capacity: 60,355 Capacity: 11,506 Capacity: 6,078
Inside Pittodrie Stadium. - geograph.org.uk - 109557 Celtic Park New Dens stand New Douglas Park - 1
Heart of Midlothian Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Tynecastle Stadium Caledonian Stadium
Capacity: 17,529 Capacity: 7,800
Tynecastle Stadium 2007 Caledonianstadium
Motherwell Partick Thistle
Fir Park Firhill Stadium
Capacity: 13,677 Capacity: 10,102
Fir Park, Motherwell. - geograph.org.uk - 219204 JHS@Firhill
Rangers Ross County St Johnstone Kilmarnock
Ibrox Stadium Victoria Park McDiarmid Park Rugby Park
Capacity: 50,817 Capacity: 6,541 Capacity: 10,696 Capacity: 17,891
Ibrox Inside Victoria park 2 McDiarmid Park Rugby Park

Personnel and kits

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Aberdeen Scotland McInnes, DerekDerek McInnes Scotland Jack, RyanRyan Jack Adidas Saltire Energy
Celtic Flag of Northern Ireland Rodgers, BrendanBrendan Rodgers Scotland Brown, ScottScott Brown New Balance Dafabet
Dundee Scotland Hartley, PaulPaul Hartley Flag of Northern Ireland McPake, JamesJames McPake Puma McEwan Fraser Legal
Hamilton Academical Scotland Canning, MartinMartin Canning Scotland Devlin, MichaelMichael Devlin Adidas Nevis (H), Scotia Aid (A)
Heart of Midlothian Scotland Neilson, RobbieRobbie Neilson Flag of Turkey Öztürk, AlimAlim Öztürk Puma Save the Children
Inverness CT Scotland Hughes, JohnJohn Hughes Flag of Republic Ireland Foran, RichieRichie Foran Carbrini McEwan Fraser Legal
Kilmarnock Scotland McCulloch, LeeLee McCulloch (interim) Scotland Smith, StevenSteven Smith Nike QTS
Motherwell Scotland McGhee, MarkMark McGhee Scotland Lasley, KeithKeith Lasley Macron Cash Converters
Partick Thistle Scotland Archibald, AlanAlan Archibald Flag of Ghana Osman, AbdulAbdul Osman Joma Kingsford Capital Management
Rangers England Warburton, MarkMark Warburton Scotland Wallace, LeeLee Wallace Puma 32Red
Ross County Scotland McIntyre, JimJim McIntyre England Davies, AndrewAndrew Davies Macron Stanley CRC Evans Offshore
St Johnstone Flag of Northern Ireland Wright, TommyTommy Wright Scotland Mackay, DaveDave Mackay Joma Invest in Perth

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Celtic Flag of Norway Deila, RonnyRonny Deila Resigned 15 May 2016 Pre-season Flag of Northern Ireland Rodgers, BrendanBrendan Rodgers 20 May 2016
Inverness CT Scotland Hughes, JohnJohn Hughes Resigned 20 May 2016 Flag of Republic Ireland Foran, RichieRichie Foran 30 May 2016
Heart of Midlothian Scotland Neilson, RobbieRobbie Neilson Signed by MK Dons 2 December 2016 2nd Scotland Cathro, IanIan Cathro 5 December 2016
Rangers England Warburton, MarkMark Warburton Resigned 10 February 2017 3rd Flag of Portugal Caixinha, PedroPedro Caixinha 13 March 2017
Kilmarnock England Clark, LeeLee Clark Signed by Bury 15 February 2017 6th Scotland McCulloch, LeeLee McCulloch (interim) 15 February 2017
Motherwell Scotland McGhee, MarkMark McGhee Sacked 28 February 2017 10th Flag of Northern Ireland Robinson, SteveSteve Robinsona 28 February 2017
Dundee Scotland Hartley, PaulPaul Hartley Sacked 17 April 2017 11th Scotland McCann, NeilNeil McCann (interim) 18 April 2017

a.^Initially interim, made permanent 15 March 2017

League table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Celtic  (C) 38 34 4 0 106 25+81 106
Qualification for the  UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Aberdeen 38 24 4 10 74 35+39 76
Qualification for the  UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
3 Rangers 38 19 10 9 56 44+12 67
4 St Johnstone 38 17 7 14 51 45+6 58
5 Heart of Midlothian 38 12 10 16 55 52+3 46
6 Partick Thistle 38 10 12 16 38 54−16 42
7 Ross County 38 11 13 14 48 58−10 46
8 Kilmarnock 38 9 14 15 36 56−20 41
9 Motherwell 38 10 8 20 46 69−23 38
10 Dundee 38 10 7 21 38 62−24 37
11 Hamilton Academical  (Q) 38 7 14 17 37 56−19 35 Qualification to Scottish Premiership play-offs
12 Inverness Caledonian Thistle  (R) 38 7 13 18 41 71−30 34 Relegation to the Scottish Championship
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament

Positions by round

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological progress, any postponed matches are not included in the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for matchday 13, but then postponed and played between days 16 and 17, it will be added to the standings for day 16.

Leader – Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round
Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
Qualification to Premiership play-off final
Relegation to 2017–18 Scottish Championship
Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Celtic 3 5 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Aberdeen 7 9 4 7 7 4 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Rangers 6 1 1 2 3 5 7 5 4 5 5 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
St Johnstone 8 2 7 9 5 3 4 4 5 4 3 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Heart of Midlothian 9 11 5 3 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Partick Thistle 2 3 8 11 12 12 12 12 11 11 9 7 8 11 12 11 12 12 9 6 7 6 7 9 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Ross County 11 8 3 4 4 7 6 7 8 7 10 11 12 8 8 7 7 6 6 8 6 7 8 7 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 7 8 7 7
Kilmarnock 10 6 10 10 10 9 11 11 9 8 7 8 7 9 11 6 6 7 8 10 10 8 9 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 7 8 8
Motherwell 4 7 9 8 8 6 5 6 6 9 11 9 10 6 6 9 9 8 10 7 9 10 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 10 11 11 10 9 9
Dundee 1 4 6 5 6 8 9 10 12 12 12 12 11 12 7 10 10 10 7 9 8 9 10 10 6 6 7 8 8 8 9 9 11 9 9 9 10 10
Hamilton Academical 5 10 11 6 9 10 10 9 10 10 8 10 9 10 10 8 8 9 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 12 11 11 12 11 11 10 9 10 10 11 11 11
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 12 12 12 12 11 11 8 8 7 6 6 6 6 7 9 12 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 12 12 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12

Source: BBC Sport

Season statistics

Top scorers

As of matches played on 21 May 2017
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Flag of Northern Ireland Liam Boyce Ross County 23
2 England Scott Sinclair Celtic 21
3 Flag of France Moussa Dembélé Celtic 17
4 Scotland Stuart Armstrong Celtic 15
England Louis Moult Motherwell
6 Scotland Kris Doolan Partick Thistle 14
7 Scotland Jamie Walker Hearts 12
Flag of Republic Ireland Adam Rooney Aberdeen
Scotland Leigh Griffiths Celtic
10 Scotland Kenny Miller Rangers 11

Source:

Hat-tricks

Player For Against Result Date
Flag of Northern Ireland Liam Boyce Ross County Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3–2 (A) 13 August 2016
Flag of France Moussa Dembélé Celtic Rangers 5–1 (H) 10 September 2016
England Louis Moult4 Motherwell Hamilton Academical 4–2 (H) 17 September 2016
Flag of France Moussa Dembélé Celtic St Johnstone 5–2 (A) 5 February 2017
Flag of Republic Ireland Adam Rooney Aberdeen Motherwell 7–2 (H) 15 February 2017
Scotland Andrew Considine Aberdeen Dundee 7–0 (A) 31 March 2017
England Scott Sinclair Celtic Heart of Midlothian 5–0 (A) 2 April 2017
Flag of Northern Ireland Liam Boyce4 Ross County Inverness Caledonian Thistle 4–0 (H) 28 April 2017
Scotland Scott Wright Aberdeen Partick Thistle 6–0 (A) 21 May 2017
Notes
  • (H) – Home ; (A) – Away
  • 4 Player scored 4 goals

Premiership play-offs

The quarter-final was contested between the 3rd and 4th placed teams (Dundee United and Greenock Morton) in the Scottish Championship. After defeating Greenock Morton 5–1 over two legs, Dundee United advanced to the semi-finals to face the 2nd placed team (Falkirk) in the Championship. The winners of the semi-final will advance to the final to play-off against the 11th placed team in the Premiership, with the winners securing a place in the 2017–18 Scottish Premiership.

Quarter-final

First leg

9 May 2017 Greenock Morton 1–2 Dundee United Cappielow, Greenock  
19:45 O'Ware Soccerball 7' BBC Report Murray Soccerball 51'
Spittal Soccerball 65'
Attendance: 3,306
Referee: Willie Collum

Second leg

12 May 2017 Dundee United 3–0
(5–1 agg.)
Greenock Morton Tannadice Park, Dundee  
19:45 Murray Soccerball 52'
Kuaté Soccerball 64'
Spittal Soccerball 81'
BBC Report Attendance: 6,606
Referee: Andrew Dallas

Semi-final

First leg

16 May 2017 Dundee United 2–2 Falkirk Tannadice Park, Dundee  
19:45 Murray Soccerball 16'
Spittal Soccerball 53'
Report Craigen Soccerball 27'
McKee Soccerball 59'
Attendance: 7,034
Referee: Bobby Madden

Second leg

19 May 2017 Falkirk 1–2
(3–4 agg.)
Dundee United Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk  
19:45 Craigen Soccerball 11' Report Murray Soccerball 76'
Dixon Soccerball 87'
Attendance: 7,926
Referee: Kevin Clancy

Final

First leg

25 May 2017 Dundee United 0–0 Hamilton Academical Tannadice Park, Dundee  
19:45 Report Attendance: 9,386
Referee: Steven McLean

Second leg

28 May 2017 Hamilton Academical 1–0
(1–0 agg.)
Dundee United New Douglas Park, Hamilton  
15:00 Docherty Soccerball 64' Report Attendance: 5,027
Referee: Craig Thomson

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