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Scottish Premiership
2018-19
Scottish Premiership
Season information
Dates 4 August 2018 – 19 May 2019
Winners Celtic (6th title)
Relegated Dundee
Domestic cup winners
Scottish Cup Celtic or Heart of Midlothian
Scottish League Cup Celtic
Continental cup qualifiers
Champions League Celtic
Europa League Rangers
Kilmarnock
Aberdeen
Season statistics
Matches played 228
Goals scored 578
Average (2.54 per match)
Top goalscorer Alfredo Morelos (18 goals)
Biggest home win Hibernian 6–0 Hamilton
(6 October 2018)
Rangers 7–1 Motherwell
(11 November 2018)
Biggest away win St Johnstone 0–6 Celtic
(7 October 2018)
Highest scoring Rangers 7–1 Motherwell
(11 November 2018)
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The 2018–19 Scottish Premiership (known as the Ladbrokes Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the sixth season of the Scottish Premiership, the highest division of Scottish football. The fixtures were published on 15 June 2018 and the season will begin on 4 August 2018.

Twelve teams contested the league: Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee, Hamilton Academical, Heart of Midlothian, Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Livingston, Motherwell, Rangers, St Johnstone and St Mirren.

On 4 May 2019, Celtic won their eighth consecutive title and 50th overall after a 3–0 win over Aberdeen.

Teams

To Premiership St Mirren secured the Championship title and promotion to the Premiership on 14 April 2018 after a goalless draw with Livingston, who were also promoted after winning the play-off final.

To Championship Ross County were relegated to the Championship on 12 May 2018 after a 1–1 draw with St Johnstone. Partick Thistle were also relegated following a 3–1 aggregate defeat to Livingston in the play-off final.

Personnel and kits

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Aberdeen Scotland McInnes, DerekDerek McInnes Scotland Shinnie, GraemeGraeme Shinnie Adidas Saltire Energy
Celtic Flag of Northern Ireland Lennon, NeilNeil Lennon (interim) Scotland Brown, ScottScott Brown New Balance Dafabet
Dundee Scotland McIntyre, JimJim McIntyre Scotland Miller, KennyKenny Miller Puma McEwan Fraser Legal
Hamilton Academical Scotland Rice, BrianBrian Rice Scotland MacKinnon, DarianDarian MacKinnon Adidas SuperSeal (H), NetBet (A)
Heart of Midlothian Scotland Levein, CraigCraig Levein Scotland Berra, ChristopheChristophe Berra Umbro Save the Children
Hibernian England Heckingbottom, PaulPaul Heckingbottom Scotland David Gray Macron Marathonbet
Kilmarnock Scotland Clarke, SteveSteve Clarke Scotland Boyd, KrisKris Boyd Nike QTS
Livingston Scotland Holt, GaryGary Holt Scotland Halkett, CraigCraig Halkett FBT Tony Macaroni
Motherwell Flag of Northern Ireland Robinson, StephenStephen Robinson England Hartley, PeterPeter Hartley Macron McEwan Fraser Legal
Rangers England Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard England Tavernier, JamesJames Tavernier Hummel 32Red
St Johnstone Flag of Northern Ireland Wright, TommyTommy Wright Flag of Republic Ireland Shaughnessy, JoeJoe Shaughnessy Joma Alan Storrar Cars
St Mirren Flag of Northern Ireland Kearney, OranOran Kearney Scotland McGinn, StephenStephen McGinn Joma Skyview Capital

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Rangers Flag of Northern Ireland Nicholl, JimmyJimmy Nicholl End of interim 13 May 2018 Pre-season England Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard 1 June 2018
St Mirren Scotland Ross, JackJack Ross Signed by Sunderland 25 May 2018 England Stubbs, AlanAlan Stubbs 8 June 2018
Livingston Scotland Hopkin, DavidDavid Hopkin Contract expired 31 May 2018 Scotland Miller, KennyKenny Miller 30 June 2018
Livingston Scotland Miller, KennyKenny Miller Mutual consent 20 August 2018 9th Scotland Holt, GaryGary Holt 23 August 2018
St Mirren England Stubbs, AlanAlan Stubbs Sacked 3 September 2018 11th Flag of Northern Ireland Kearney, OranOran Kearney 7 September 2018
Dundee Scotland McCann, NeilNeil McCann 16 October 2018 12th Scotland McIntyre, JimJim McIntyre 17 October 2018
Hamilton Academical Scotland Canning, MartinMartin Canning Mutual consent 29 January 2019 10th Scotland Rice, BrianBrian Rice 31 January 2019
Hibernian Flag of Northern Ireland Lennon, NeilNeil Lennon 30 January 2019 8th Scotland Eddie May (caretaker) 30 January 2019
Scotland Eddie May End of caretaker spell 13 February 2019 8th England Heckingbottom, PaulPaul Heckingbottom 13 February 2019
Celtic Flag of Northern Ireland Rodgers, BrendanBrendan Rodgers Signed by Leicester City 26 February 2019 1st Flag of Northern Ireland Lennon, NeilNeil Lennon (interim) 26 February 2019
Dundee Scotland Jim McIntyre Sacked 12 May 2019 12th Flag of Northern Ireland McPake, JamesJames McPake (interim) 13 May 2019

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 summary

League table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Celtic  (C) 38 27 6 5 77 20+57 87 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Rangers 38 23 9 6 82 27+55 78 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
3 Kilmarnock 38 19 10 9 50 31+19 67
4 Aberdeen 38 20 7 11 57 44+13 67
5 Hibernian 38 14 12 12 51 39+12 54
6 Heart of Midlothian 38 15 6 17 42 50−8 51
7 St Johnstone 38 15 7 16 38 48−10 52
8 Motherwell 38 15 6 17 46 56−10 51
9 Livingston 38 11 11 16 42 44−2 44
10 Hamilton Academical 38 9 6 23 28 75−47 33
11 St. Mirren  (O) 38 8 8 22 34 66−32 32 Qualification to Premiership play-offs
12 Dundee  (R) 38 5 6 27 31 78−47 21 Relegation to the Championship
Updated to games played on 19 May 2019
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.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated.


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 for Champions League first qualifying round
Qualification for Europa League first qualifying round
Qualification for Premiership play-off final
Relegation to 2019–20 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 6 2 2 2 6 5 3 2 3 2 2 1 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Rangers 7 3 4 7 4 2 6 6 5 5 4 3 3 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Kilmarnock 4 4 6 3 7 5 4 4 3 2 3 4 4 4 3 1 3 3 4 3 3 2 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 4 4 3 3 3
Aberdeen 6 5 5 8 8 7 7 7 7 8 8 7 6 6 7 6 6 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 3 3 4 4 4
Hibernian 2 2 3 6 5 3 2 2 6 6 5 6 8 7 8 8 8 8 7 8 8 8 7 7 8 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5
Hearts 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6
St Johnstone 10 10 8 5 6 8 8 8 8 7 7 5 5 5 5 5 5 7 8 6 6 5 6 6 6 6 7 7 8 7 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Motherwell 12 12 11 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 7 7 8 8 7 8 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Livingston 9 9 7 4 3 4 3 5 4 4 6 8 7 8 6 7 7 6 6 7 7 7 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
Hamilton Academical 11 8 9 10 11 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
St Mirren 5 7 10 11 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 12 11 11 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11
Dundee 8 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 10 10 11 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12

Updated: 19 May 2019

Premiership play-offs

The quarter-final was contested by Ayr United and Inverness Caledonian Thistle, with Inverness Caledonian Thistle advancing to the semi-final where they lost to Dundee United. Dundee United will play-off against St Mirren in the final, with the winners securing the last place in the 2019–20 Premiership.

Quarter-final

First leg

7 May 2019 Ayr United 1–3 Inverness Caledonian Thistle Ayr  
19:45 Rose Soccerball 65' Report Trafford Soccerball 33'
White Soccerball 51'76' (pen.)
Stadium: Somerset Park
Attendance: 2,171
Referee: Alan Muir

Second leg

11 May 2019 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1–1
(4–2 agg.)
Ayr United Inverness  
15:00 Donaldson Soccerball 79' Report McCowan Soccerball 19' Stadium: Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 2,323
Referee: Steven McLean

Semi-final

First leg

14 May 2019 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0–1 Dundee United Inverness  
19:45 Report McMullan Soccerball 78' Stadium: Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 2,604
Referee: Nick Walsh

Second leg

17 May 2019 Dundee United 3–0
(4–0 agg.)
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Dundee  
19:45 Clark Soccerball 45' (pen)
Sow Soccerball 54'

Šafranko Soccerball 80'

Report Stadium: Tannadice Park
Attendance: 8,504
Referee: Kevin Clancy

Final

First leg

23 May 2019 Dundee United 0–0 St Mirren Dundee  
19:45 Report Stadium: Tannadice Park
Attendance: 11,062
Referee: Bobby Madden

Second leg

26 May 2019 St Mirren 1–1
(1–1 agg.)

(2–0 pen)
Dundee United Paisley  
15:00 Mullen Soccerball 26'
Nazon Red card 115'
Report Clark Soccerball 23' (pen.) Stadium: St Mirren Park
Referee: John Beaton
    Penalties  
McGinn Soccerball shad check
Popescu Soccerball shad check
Mužek -Soccerball shade cross
  -Soccerball shade cross Pawlett
-Soccerball shade cross Šafranko
-Soccerball shade cross Sow
-Soccerball shade cross Booth

Season statistics

Scoring

Top scorers

As of 19 May 2019
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Flag of Colombia Alfredo Morelos Rangers 18
2 England Sam Cosgrove Aberdeen 17
3 Flag of France Odsonne Édouard Celtic 15
Scotland David Turnbull Motherwell
5 England James Tavernier Rangers 14
6 Scotland James Forrest Celtic 11
Scotland Eamonn Brophy Kilmarnock
Flag of Canada Scott Arfield Rangers
9 Scotland Steven Naismith Heart of Midlothian 10

Hat-tricks

Player For Against Score Date
Scotland Steven Naismith Hearts St Mirren 4–1 (H) 1 September 2018
Scotland James Forrest4 Celtic St Johnstone 0–6 (A) 7 October 2018
Scotland Kenny Miller Dundee Hamilton Academical 4–0 (H) 5 December 2018
England Scott Sinclair Celtic Aberdeen 3–4 (A) 26 December 2018
Flag of Canada Scott Arfield Rangers Motherwell 0–3 (A) 7 April 2019
England Cody Cooke St Mirren Dundee 2–3 (A) 18 May 2019

Note 4 Player scored four goals; (H) = Home, (A) = Away

Attendances

These are the average attendances of the teams.

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Celtic 1,097,782 59,143 54,563 57,778 0.0013171120585076+0.1%
2 Rangers 941,720 50,130 48,729 49,564 0.0079515181095318+0.7%
3 Hibernian 337,078 20,200 15,096 17,740 -0.97886663355957−2.1%
4 Heart of Midlothian 333,724 19,967 15,147 17,564 -0.95306310705953−4.6%
5 Aberdeen 283,567 20,027 12,252 14,924 -0.94605388272583−5.3%
6 Kilmarnock 130,999 12,374 4,143 6,894 0.27903525046382+27.9%
7 Dundee 114,469 8,578 4,426 6,024 0.012947704725071+1.2%
8 Motherwell 103,518 9,545 3,662 5,448 0
9 St Mirren[lower-alpha 1] 101,680 7,288 4,001 5,351 0.20328311221048+20.3%
10 St Johnstone 73,937 7,086 1,946 3,891 0.021527960094513+2.1%
11 Livingston[lower-alpha 1] 69,616 9,246 1,022 3,664 1.7181008902077+171.8%
12 Hamilton Academical 53,760 5,827 1,135 2,829 -0.9140549273021−8.5%
League total 3,641,850 59,143 1,022 15,973 0.0025734371077077+0.2%

Updated to games played on 19 May 2019
Source: BBC

Broadcasting

Live Matches

The SPFL allows Sky Sports and BT Sport to broadcast up to six live home matches (combined) for each club, although this is only four for Celtic and Rangers. The TV deal allows the broadcasters to show 30 games each (and the play-offs for BT Sport) and provides approximately £21m to the SPFL per season.

Highlights

Sky Sports hold the rights to Saturday night highlights and show the Scottish Premiership goals on Sky Sports News in their Goals Express programme. Gaelic-language channel BBC Alba can broadcast in full the repeat of 38 Saturday 3pm matches "as live" at 5.30pm. The main Premiership highlights programme is BBC Scotland's Sportscene programme, which shows in-depth highlights of all six Premiership matches every weekend. STV show the goals 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 its 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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