|Dates||4 August 2018 – 19 May 2019|
|Winners||Celtic (6th title)|
|Domestic cup winners|
|Scottish Cup||Celtic or Heart of Midlothian|
|Scottish League Cup||Celtic|
|Continental cup qualifiers|
|Europa League|| Rangers|
|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)
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.
On 4 May 2019, Celtic won their eighth consecutive title and 50th overall after a 3–0 win over Aberdeen.
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||Derek McInnes||Graeme Shinnie||Adidas||Saltire Energy|
|Celtic||Neil Lennon (interim)||Scott Brown||New Balance||Dafabet|
|Dundee||Jim McIntyre||Kenny Miller||Puma||McEwan Fraser Legal|
|Hamilton Academical||Brian Rice||Darian MacKinnon||Adidas||SuperSeal (H), NetBet (A)|
|Heart of Midlothian||Craig Levein||Christophe Berra||Umbro||Save the Children|
|Hibernian||Paul Heckingbottom||David Gray||Macron||Marathonbet|
|Kilmarnock||Steve Clarke||Kris Boyd||Nike||QTS|
|Livingston||Gary Holt||Craig Halkett||FBT||Tony Macaroni|
|Motherwell||Stephen Robinson||Peter Hartley||Macron||McEwan Fraser Legal|
|Rangers||Steven Gerrard||James Tavernier||Hummel||32Red|
|St Johnstone||Tommy Wright||Joe Shaughnessy||Joma||Alan Storrar Cars|
|St Mirren||Oran Kearney||Stephen McGinn||Joma||Skyview Capital|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Rangers||Jimmy Nicholl||End of interim||13 May 2018||Pre-season||Steven Gerrard||1 June 2018|
|St Mirren||Jack Ross||Signed by Sunderland||25 May 2018||Alan Stubbs||8 June 2018|
|Livingston||David Hopkin||Contract expired||31 May 2018||Kenny Miller||30 June 2018|
|Livingston||Kenny Miller||Mutual consent||20 August 2018||9th||Gary Holt||23 August 2018|
|St Mirren||Alan Stubbs||Sacked||3 September 2018||11th||Oran Kearney||7 September 2018|
|Dundee||Neil McCann||16 October 2018||12th||Jim McIntyre||17 October 2018|
|Hamilton Academical||Martin Canning||Mutual consent||29 January 2019||10th||Brian Rice||31 January 2019|
|Hibernian||Neil Lennon||30 January 2019||8th||Eddie May (caretaker)||30 January 2019|
|Eddie May||End of caretaker spell||13 February 2019||8th||Paul Heckingbottom||13 February 2019|
|Celtic||Brendan Rodgers||Signed by Leicester City||26 February 2019||1st||Neil Lennon (interim)||26 February 2019|
|Dundee||Jim McIntyre||Sacked||12 May 2019||12th||James McPake (interim)||13 May 2019|
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.
|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|
|6||Heart of Midlothian||38||15||6||17||42||50||−8||51|
|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|
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|
Updated: 19 May 2019
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.
|7 May 2019||Ayr United||1–3||Inverness Caledonian Thistle||Ayr|
|19:45||Rose 65'||Report|| Trafford 33'|
White 51', 76' (pen.)
| Stadium: Somerset Park|
Referee: Alan Muir
|11 May 2019||Inverness Caledonian Thistle|| 1–1 |
|15:00||Donaldson 79'||Report||McCowan 19'|| Stadium: Caledonian Stadium|
Referee: Steven McLean
|14 May 2019||Inverness Caledonian Thistle||0–1||Dundee United||Inverness|
|19:45||Report||McMullan 78'|| Stadium: Caledonian Stadium|
Referee: Nick Walsh
|17 May 2019||Dundee United|| 3–0 |
|Inverness Caledonian Thistle||Dundee|
|19:45|| Clark 45' (pen)|
|Report|| Stadium: Tannadice Park|
Referee: Kevin Clancy
|23 May 2019||Dundee United||0–0||St Mirren||Dundee|
|19:45||Report|| Stadium: Tannadice Park|
Referee: Bobby Madden
|26 May 2019||St Mirren|| 1–1 |
|15:00|| Mullen 26'|
|Report||Clark 23' (pen.)|| Stadium: St Mirren Park|
Referee: John Beaton
- As of 19 May 2019
|9||Steven Naismith||Heart of Midlothian||10|
|Steven Naismith||Hearts||St Mirren||4–1 (H)||1 September 2018|
|James Forrest4||Celtic||St Johnstone||0–6 (A)||7 October 2018|
|Kenny Miller||Dundee||Hamilton Academical||4–0 (H)||5 December 2018|
|Scott Sinclair||Celtic||Aberdeen||3–4 (A)||26 December 2018|
|Scott Arfield||Rangers||Motherwell||0–3 (A)||7 April 2019|
|Cody Cooke||St Mirren||Dundee||2–3 (A)||18 May 2019|
Note 4 Player scored four goals; (H) = Home, (A) = Away
These are the average attendances of the teams.
|4||Heart of Midlothian||333,724||19,967||15,147||17,564||−4.6%|
|9||St Mirren[lower-alpha 1]||101,680||7,288||4,001||5,351||+20.3%|
Updated to games played on 19 May 2019
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.
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.
|2018–19 in Scottish football|
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