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Scottish Premiership
2017-18
Scottish Premiership
Season information
Winners Celtic
5th Premiership title
49th Scottish title
Relegated Partick Thistle
Ross County
Domestic cup winners
Scottish Cup Celtic
Scottish League Cup Celtic
Continental cup qualifiers
Champions League Celtic
Europa League Aberdeen
Rangers
Hibernian
Season statistics
Matches played 228
Goals scored 594
Average (2.61 per match)
Top goalscorer Kris Boyd (18 goals)
Biggest home win Celtic 5–0 Rangers
(29 April 2018)
Biggest away win St Johnstone 0–4 Celtic
(4 November 2017)
Dundee 0–4 St Johnstone
(10 March 2018)
Motherwell 1–5 St Johnstone
(5 May 2018)
Highest scoring Hibernian 5–5 Rangers
(13 May 2018)
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The 2017–18 Scottish Premiership (known as the Ladbrokes Premiership for sponsorship reasons) is the fifth and current season of the Scottish Premiership, the highest division of Scottish football. The fixtures were published on 23 June 2017. The season began on 5 August 2017. Celtic are the defending champions.

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

On 29 April 2018, Celtic won their seventh consecutive title and 49th overall after a 5–0 win at home to Rangers.

Teams

Promoted from Scottish Championship

Relegated from Scottish Premiership

Stadia and locations

Aberdeen Celtic Dundee Heart of Midlothian
Pittodrie Stadium Celtic Park Dens Park Tynecastle Park
Capacity: 20,866 Capacity: 60,411 Capacity: 11,506 Capacity: 17,480
Pittodrie Stadium Celtic Park New Dens stand Tynecastle Stadium 2007
Hibernian Kilmarnock
Easter Road Rugby Park
Capacity: 20,421 Capacity: 17,891
Easter Road 2010 Rugby Park
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
Ibrox Stadium Victoria Park McDiarmid Park
Capacity: 50,817 Capacity: 6,541 Capacity: 10,696
Ibrox Inside Victoria park 2 McDiarmid 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 McCann, NeilNeil McCann Flag of Northern Ireland McPake, JamesJames McPake Puma McEwan Fraser Legal
Hamilton Academical Scotland Canning, MartinMartin Canning Scotland Devlin, MichaelMichael Devlin Adidas SuperSeal (H), NetBet (A)
Heart of Midlothian Scotland Cathro, IanIan Cathro Flag of the United States Kitchen, PerryPerry Kitchen Umbro Save the Children
Hibernian Flag of Northern Ireland Neil Lennon Scotland David Gray Macron Marathonbet
Kilmarnock Scotland McCulloch, LeeLee McCulloch Scotland Smith, StevenSteven Smith Nike QTS
Motherwell Flag of Northern Ireland Robinson, SteveSteve Robinson Scotland Lasley, KeithKeith Lasley Macron Motorpoint
Partick Thistle Scotland Archibald, AlanAlan Archibald Flag of Ghana Osman, AbdulAbdul Osman Joma Kingsford Capital Management
Rangers Flag of Portugal Caixinha, PedroPedro Caixinha 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 Anderson, StevenSteven Anderson Joma Alan Storrar Cars

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Dundee Scotland McCann, NeilNeil McCann End of interim 20 May 2017 Pre-season Scotland McCann, NeilNeil McCann 1 June 2017
Kilmarnock Scotland McCulloch, LeeLee McCulloch 20 May 2017 Scotland McCulloch, LeeLee McCulloch 5 June 2017
Heart of Midlothian Scotland Cathro, IanIan Cathro Sacked 1 August 2017 Scotland Levein, CraigCraig Levein 28 August 2017
Ross County Scotland McIntyre, JimJim McIntyre 25 September 2017 10th Flag of Republic Ireland Coyle, OwenOwen Coyle 28 September 2017
Kilmarnock Scotland McCulloch, LeeLee McCulloch Resigned 1 October 2017 12th Scotland Clarke, SteveSteve Clarke 14 October 2017
Rangers Flag of Portugal Caixinha, PedroPedro Caixinha Sacked 26 October 2017 4th Scotland Murty, GraemeGraeme Murty (interim) 26 October 2017
Rangers Scotland Murty, GraemeGraeme Murty End of interim 22 December 2017 3rd Scotland Murty, GraemeGraeme Murty 22 December 2017
Ross County Flag of Republic Ireland Coyle, OwenOwen Coyle Resigned 1 March 2018 12th Scotland Ferguson, StevenSteven Ferguson and Scotland Kettlewell, StuartStuart Kettlewell 2 March 2018
Rangers Scotland Murty, GraemeGraeme Murty Sacked 1 May 2018 3rd Flag of Northern Ireland Nicholl, JimmyJimmy Nicholl (interim) 1 May 201

Format

Basic

In the initial phase of the season, the 12 teams will play a round-robin tournament whereby each team plays each one of the other teams three times. After 33 games, the league splits into two sections of six teams, with each team playing each other in that section. The league attempts to balance the fixture list so that teams in the same section play each other twice at home and twice away, but sometimes this is impossible. A total of 228 matches will be played, with 38 matches played by each team.

League table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Celtic  (C) (Q) 38 24 10 4 73 25+48 82 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Aberdeen  (Q) 38 22 7 9 56 37+19 73 Qualification for the Europa League (Round TBD)
3 Rangers  (Q) 38 21 7 10 76 50+26 70 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
4 Hibernian 38 18 13 7 62 46+16 67 Possible qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
5 Kilmarnock 38 16 11 11 49 47+2 59
6 Heart of Midlothian 38 12 13 13 39 390 49
7 Motherwell 38 13 9 16 43 49−6 48
8 St Johnstone 38 12 10 16 42 53−11 46
9 Dundee 38 6 11 21 40 62−22 29
10 Hamilton Academical 38 9 6 23 47 68−21 33
11 Partick Thistle  (Q) 38 8 9 21 31 61−30 33 Qualification to Premiership play-offs
12 Ross County  (R) 38 6 11 21 40 62−22 29 Relegation to the Championship
Updated to games played on 13 May 2018
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 first qualifying round
Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
Qualification to Premiership play-off final
Relegation to 2018–19 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 1 2 1 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
Aberdeen 3 4 3 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 2 2 2 2
Rangers 4 6 6 5 4 3 5 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 3 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 3 3 3 3
Hibernian 2 3 5 6 6 6 4 6 6 7 5 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Kilmarnock 8 9 10 10 11 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 8 8 8 6 7 6 7 7 7 7 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Heart of Midlothian 12 8 7 8 8 7 7 7 7 5 7 7 6 7 7 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Motherwell 9 11 8 7 5 5 6 5 4 4 3 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 7 8 8 8 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
St Johnstone 6 1 2 3 3 4 3 4 5 6 6 6 7 6 6 7 7 7 6 7 6 7 8 8 8 8 9 8 8 8 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Dundee 7 12 12 11 12 9 9 8 8 9 10 12 12 12 11 9 10 11 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 8 9 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 9 9 9
Hamilton Academical 11 5 4 4 7 8 8 9 9 10 9 8 9 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 11 11 10 9 9 9 9 9 10 9 10 10 10
Partick Thistle 10 10 11 12 10 11 11 11 12 12 12 10 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 11 12 11 11 11 11 10 10 11 11 11 11 12 12 11 11 11 11 11
Ross County 5 7 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 8 8 9 8 9 9 11 11 10 11 12 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 12 12 12 12 12

Source: BBC Sport

Premiership play-offs

The quarter-finals will be contested between the 3rd and 4th placed teams in the Scottish Championship. The winners will advance to the semi-finals to face the 2nd placed team in the Championship, and the winners of that tie will advance to the final to play-off against the 11th placed team in the Premiership, with the winners securing a place in the 2018–19 Scottish Premiership.

Awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
August Flag of Northern Ireland Tommy Wright St Johnstone Scotland Michael O'Halloran St Johnstone
September Flag of Northern Ireland Brendan Rodgers Celtic England Louis Moult Motherwell
October Flag of Northern Ireland Neil Lennon Hibernian Scotland Kieran Tierney Celtic
November Scotland Martin Canning Hamilton Academical Scotland David Templeton Hamilton Academical
December Scotland Steve Clarke Kilmarnock Scotland Kris Boyd Kilmarnock
January No awards due to winter break
February Scotland Steve Clarke Kilmarnock England Josh Windass Rangers
March Scotland Steve Clarke Kilmarnock Scotland Stephen O'Donnell Kilmarnock
April

Premiership play-offs

The quarter-final will be contested between the third and fourth-placed teams (Dundee United and Dunfermline Athletic) in the Scottish Championship, with the winners advancing to the semi-final to face the second-placed Championship side (Livingston). The last remaining Championship team will play-off against the eleventh-placed Premiership team in the final, with the winners securing the last place in the 2018–19 Scottish Premiership.

Quarter-final

First leg

1 May 2018 Dunfermline Athletic 0–0 Dundee United Dunfermline  
19:45 BBC Report Stadium: East End Park
Attendance: 6,474
Referee: Bobby Madden

Second leg

4 May 2018 Dundee United 2–1
(2–1 agg.)
Dunfermline Athletic Dundee  
19:45 McDonald Soccerball 57'
Stanton Soccerball 70'
BBC Report McManus Soccerball 14' Stadium: Tannadice Park
Attendance: 7,994
Referee: Willie Collum

Semi-final

First leg

7 May 2018 Dundee United 2–3 Livingston Dundee  
19:45 Mikkelsen Soccerball 3'
Ralston Soccerball 28'
BBC Report De Vita Soccerball 2'
Mullin Soccerball 77'
Pittman Soccerball 80'
Stadium: Tannadice Park
Attendance: 5,610
Referee: Nick Walsh

Second leg

11 May 2018 Livingston 1–1
(4–3 agg.)
Dundee United Livingston  
19:45 Lithgow Soccerball 6' BBC Report Fraser Soccerball 21' Stadium: Almondvale Stadium
Attendance: 4,508
Referee: Don Robertson

Final

First leg

17 May 2018 Livingston 2–1 Partick Thistle Livingston  
19:45 Jacobs Soccerball 13'
Pittman Soccerball 74'
BBC Report Doolan Soccerball 10' Stadium: Almondvale Stadium
Attendance: 5,469
Referee: Craig Thomson

Second leg

20 May 2018 Partick Thistle 0–1
(1–3 agg.)
Livingston Glasgow  
15:30 https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44127662 Jacobs Soccerball 46' Stadium: Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 7,122
Referee: John Beaton

Livingston were promoted to the Premiership.

Broadcasting

Live Matches

This is a list of the matches broadcast live on television in the UK: The SPFL permits Sky Sports and BT Sports up to six live home matches between the broadcasters from each club - although this is only four for Rangers and Celtic. Sky Sports and BT Sport's deal allows them to broadcast 30 games each (and the play-offs for BT). The deal roughly provides £21m to SPFL per season.

In Scotland, unlike most other leagues the kick-off times for live TV matches are not set by the league but are by the broadcasters, which does allow for live matches in Scotland to move around the schedule - mostly to accommodate Premier League matches south of the Border - however, BT Sport mostly show their matches on a Friday Night - with a 30 minute debate show entitled "Scottish Football Extra" beforehand.

Highlights

Sky Sports hold the rights to Saturday night highlights - however, they do not broadcast a dedicated programme and instead merely show the goals of the Premiership matches on Sky Sports News in their Goals Express programme - which primarily is focused on goals from the English Football League. Gaelic-language channel BBC Alba has the rights to broadcast the repeat in full of 38 Saturday 3pm matches "as live" at 5.30pm. The main Premiership highlights programme is BBC Scotland's Sportscene programme hosted on a Sunday evening at 6pm on BBC Two (repeated at 11pm on BBC One in HD) which shows in depth highlights of all six Premiership matches every weekend. STV show the goals the weekend matches on Monday nights during the Sport section of their News at Six programme as well as during their weeknight football-debate show on STV2. The SPFL also uploads the goals from every Premiership match onto it's YouTube channel - available from 6pm on a Sunday for UK and Ireland viewers and 10pm on a Saturday for those worldwide.

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