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Scottish Premiership
2019-20
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Season information
Dates 3 August 2019 – 18 May 2020
Winners Celtic
7th Premiership title
51st Scottish title
Relegated Heart of Midlothian
Domestic cup winners
Scottish Cup
Scottish League Cup Celtic
Continental cup qualifiers
Champions League Celtic
Europa League Rangers
Motherwell
Season statistics
Matches played 179
Goals scored 490
Average 2.74 (per match)
Top goalscorer Odsonne Édouard
(22 goals)
Biggest home win Celtic 7–0 St Johnstone
(3 August 2019)
Biggest away win St Johnstone 0–4 Rangers
(22 September 2019)
Aberdeen 0–4 Celtic
(27 October 2019)
Ross County 0–4 Rangers
(30 October 2019)
Motherwell 0–4 Celtic
(5 February 2020)
Highest scoring Celtic 7–0 St Johnstone
(3 August 2019)
Motherwell 2–5 Celtic
(10 August 2019)
Rangers 6–1 Hibernian
(11 August 2019)
Heart of Midlothian 5–2 St Mirren
(9 November 2019)
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The 2019–20 Scottish Premiership (known as the Ladbrokes Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the seventh season of the Scottish Premiership, the highest division of Scottish football. The fixtures were published on 21 June 2019 and the season began on 3 August 2019. Celtic were the defending champions.

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

On 13 March 2020 all SPFL leagues were indefinitely suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The SPFL officially ended the league on 18 May 2020, with average points per game being used for final positions. As a result, Celtic were awarded a ninth consecutive title, and Hearts were relegated.

Teams

The following teams have changed division since the 2018–19 season.

To Premiership

Promoted from Scottish Championship

From Premiership

Relegated to Scottish Championship

Stadia and locations

Aberdeen Celtic Hamilton Academical Heart of Midlothian
Pittodrie Stadium Celtic Park New Douglas Park Tynecastle Park
Capacity: 20,866 Capacity: 60,411 Capacity: 6,018 Capacity: 20,099
Pittodrie from Block Y, May 2015.jpg Celtic Park New.jpg New Douglas Park - 1.jpg Tynecastle Stadium 2007.jpg
Hibernian Kilmarnock Livingston Motherwell
Easter Road Rugby Park Almondvale Stadium Fir Park
Capacity: 20,421 Capacity: 17,889 Capacity: 9,512 Capacity: 13,677
Easter Road 2010.JPG Rugby Park.jpg Almondvale Stadium, Livingston.jpg Fir Park, Motherwell. - geograph.org.uk - 219204.jpg
Rangers Ross County St Johnstone St Mirren
Ibrox Stadium Victoria Park McDiarmid Park St Mirren Park
Capacity: 50,817 Capacity: 6,541 Capacity: 10,696 Capacity: 7,937
Ibrox Inside.jpg Victoria park 2.jpg McDiarmid Park.jpg StMirren(2).jpg

Personnel and kits

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Aberdeen Flag of Scotland McInnes, DerekDerek McInnes Flag of England Lewis, JoeJoe Lewis Adidas Saltire Energy
Celtic Flag of Northern Ireland Lennon, NeilNeil Lennon Flag of Scotland Brown, ScottScott Brown New Balance Dafabet
Hamilton Academical Flag of Scotland Rice, BrianBrian Rice Flag of Scotland Easton, BrianBrian Easton Adidas Euro Mechanical Handling
Heart of Midlothian Flag of Germany Stendel, DanielDaniel Stendel Flag of Scotland Naismith, StevenSteven Naismith Umbro Save the Children
Hibernian Flag of Scotland Ross, JackJack Ross Flag of Scotland Gray, DavidDavid Gray Macron Hibernian Community Foundation
Kilmarnock Flag of England Dyer, AlexAlex Dyer Flag of Republic of Ireland Dicker, GaryGary Dicker Nike QTS
Livingston Flag of Scotland Holt, GaryGary Holt Flag of Scotland Lithgow, AlanAlan Lithgow Nike Phoenix Drilling Ltd
Motherwell Flag of Northern Ireland Robinson, StephenStephen Robinson Flag of England Hartley, PeterPeter Hartley Macron Paddy Power (unbranded)
Rangers Flag of England Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard Flag of England Tavernier, JamesJames Tavernier Hummel 32Red
Ross County Flag of Scotland Ferguson, StevenSteven Ferguson
and Flag of Scotland Kettlewell, StuartStuart Kettlewell
Flag of Scotland Fraser, MarcusMarcus Fraser Macron McEwan Fraser Legal
St Johnstone Flag of Scotland Cleland, AlecAlec Cleland (caretaker) Flag of Scotland Kerr, JasonJason Kerr Macron Binn Group
St Mirren Flag of Republic of Ireland Goodwin, JimJim Goodwin Flag of 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
Kilmarnock Flag of Scotland Steve Clarke Signed by Scotland 20 May 2019 Pre-season Flag of Italy Angelo Alessio 16 June 2019
Celtic Flag of Northern Ireland Neil Lennon End of interim spell 25 May 2019 Flag of Northern Ireland Neil Lennon 31 May 2019
St Mirren Flag of Northern Ireland Oran Kearney Mutual consent 26 June 2019 Flag of Republic of Ireland Jim Goodwin 29 June 2019
Heart of Midlothian Flag of Scotland Craig Levein Sacked 31 October 2019 11th Flag of Germany Daniel Stendel 7 December 2019
Hibernian Flag of England Paul Heckingbottom 4 November 2019 10th Flag of Scotland Jack Ross 15 November 2019
Kilmarnock Flag of Italy Angelo Alessio 17 December 2019 5th Flag of England Alex Dyer 30 December 2019
St Johnstone Flag of Northern Ireland Tommy Wright Resigned 2 May 2020 7th Flag of Scotland Alec Cleland (caretaker) 2 May 2020

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 were due to 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) 30 26 2 2 89 19 +70 80 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Rangers 29 21 4 4 64 19 +45 67 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
3 Motherwell 30 14 4 12 41 38 +3 46
4 Aberdeen 30 12 9 9 40 36 +4 45
5 Livingston 30 10 9 11 41 39 +2 39
6 St Johnstone 29 8 12 9 28 46 −18 36
7 Hibernian 30 9 10 11 42 49 −7 37
8 Kilmarnock 30 9 6 15 31 41 −10 33
9 St. Mirren 30 7 8 15 24 41 −17 29
10 Ross County 30 7 8 15 29 60 −31 29
11 Hamilton Academical 30 6 9 15 30 50 −20 27
12 Heart of Midlothian  (R) 30 4 11 15 31 52 −21 23 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; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament

Season statistics

Scoring

Top scorers

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Flag of France Odsonne Édouard Celtic 22
2 Flag of England Jermain Defoe Rangers 13
3 Flag of Wales Christian Doidge Hibernian 12
Flag of Colombia Alfredo Morelos Rangers
5 Flag of England Sam Cosgrove Aberdeen 11
Flag of Scotland Ryan Christie Celtic
7 Flag of Scotland James Forrest Celtic 10

Hat-tricks

Player For Against Score Date
Flag of Scotland Ryan Christie Celtic St Johnstone 7–0 (H) 3 August 2019
Flag of England Jermain Defoe Rangers Hibernian 6–1 (H) 11 August 2019
Flag of England Jermain Defoe Rangers Hamilton Academical 5–0 (H) 6 October 2019
Flag of Wales Christian Doidge Hibernian St Johnstone 1–4 (A) 9 November 2019
Flag of Australia Lyndon Dykes Livingston Ross County 4–0 (H) 21 December 2019
Flag of Scotland Leigh Griffiths Celtic St Mirren 5–0 (H) 7 March 2020

Attendances

These are the average attendances of the teams.

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Celtic 869,160 59,131 54,584 57,944 0.0028730658728235+0.2%
2 Rangers 689,327 50,012 47,583 49,237 -0.99340246953434−0.6%
3 Heart of Midlothian 251,262 19,313 14,681 16,750 -0.95365520382601−4.6%
4 Hibernian 250,923 20,197 14,486 16,728 -0.94295377677565−5.7%
5 Aberdeen 207,540 16,410 12,325 13,836 -0.92709729295095−7.2%
6 Kilmarnock 87,844 9,196 4,083 5,856 -0.84943429068755−15.0%
7 Motherwell 83,618 8,822 3,191 5,574 0.023127753303965+2.3%
8 St Mirren 80,647 7,332 4,240 5,376 0.0046720239207625+0.4%
9 Ross County[a] 65,302 6,575 3,301 4,664 0.21174330995064+21.1%
10 St Johnstone 65,461 8,743 2,231 4,091 0.051400668208687+5.1%
11 Livingston 49,598 8,640 1,076 3,542 -0.96670305676856−3.3%
12 Hamilton Academical 41,044 5,300 1,075 2,565 -0.90668080593849−9.3%
League total 2,741,726 59,131 1,075 15,316 -0.95886808990171−4.1%

Source: ESPN

a.^ Club was playing in the Scottish Championship in the previous season.

Awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Ref.
Manager Club Player Club
August Flag of Northern Ireland Neil Lennon Celtic Flag of France Odsonne Édouard Celtic
September Flag of England Steven Gerrard Rangers Flag of Colombia Alfredo Morelos Rangers
October Flag of Italy Angelo Alessio Kilmarnock Flag of Norway Mohamed Elyounoussi Celtic
November Flag of Northern Ireland Neil Lennon Celtic Flag of Wales Christian Doidge Hibernian
December Flag of England Steven Gerrard Rangers Flag of Australia Martin Boyle Hibernian
January Flag of Scotland Gary Holt Livingston Flag of France Odsonne Édouard Celtic
February Flag of Northern Ireland Neil Lennon Celtic Flag of Northern Ireland Billy Mckay Ross County

Broadcasting

Live Matches

The SPFL permits Sky Sports and BT Sport 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. This is the final season of the contract; from 2020–21, Sky Sports will have exclusive rights to Scottish Premiership matches.

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, which shows in-depth highlights of all six Premiership matches every weekend. 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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