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Scottish Premier League
Scottish Premier League Logo
Country Scotland.png Scotland
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1998
Folded 2013
Number of teams 12
Relegation to Scottish Championship
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Scottish Cup
League Cup
UEFA cup(s) Champions League
Europa League
Most successful club Celtic (8 times)
Website Official website

The Scottish Premier League (SPL) was the top level league competition for professional football clubs in Scotland. The league was founded in 1998, when it broke away from the Scottish Football League (SFL). It was abolished in 2013, when the SPL and SFL merged to form the new Scottish Professional Football League, with its top division being known as the Scottish Premiership. A total of 19 clubs competed in the SPL, but only the Old Firm clubs, Celtic and Rangers won the league championship.

Former Scottish Premier League members

Club First Season in SPL Last Season in SPL
Dunfermline Athletic 1926-27 2006-07
Dundee 1893-94 2004-05
Gretna 2007-08 2007-08
Inverness CT 2004-05 2008-09
Livingston 2001-02 2005-06
Partick Thistle 1897-98 2003-04

Stadiums

Stadium Capacity Club Notes
Celtic Park 60,832 Celtic The biggest club stadium in Scotland by seating capacity.
Ibrox Stadium 51,082 RangersIbrox holds UEFA Elite stadium status.
Pittodrie Stadium 22,199 Aberdeen The first all-seater stadium in the United Kingdom
Easter Road 20,250 Hibernian
Rugby Park 18,128 Kilmarnock
Tynecastle Stadium 17,420 Heart of Midlothian
Tannadice Park 14,209 Dundee United
Fir Park 13,742 Motherwell
McDiarmid Park 10,673 St. Johnstone First purpose built all seater stadium in the country
St. Mirren Park 8,016 St. Mirren
Caledonian Stadium 7,819 Inverness C.T.
New Douglas Park 6,000 Hamilton Academical

Statistics

League champions, runners-up, relegations

Season Winner Runner-up Relegated Top Scorer Players' Player of the Year Writers' Player of the Year
1998-99 Rangers Celtic Dunfermline Athletic Henrik Larsson (29) (Celtic) Henrik Larsson
(Celtic)
Henrik Larsson
(Celtic)
1999-00 Rangers Celtic No Relegation Mark Viduka (25) (Celtic) Mark Viduka
(Celtic)
Barry Ferguson
(Rangers)
2000-01 Celtic Rangers St. Mirren Henrik Larsson (35) (Celtic) Henrik Larsson
(Celtic)
Henrik Larsson
(Celtic)
2001-02 Celtic Rangers St. Johnstone Henrik Larsson (29) (Celtic) Lorenzo Amoruso
(Rangers)
Paul Lambert
(Celtic)
2002-03 Rangers Celtic No Relegation Henrik Larsson (28) (Celtic) Barry Ferguson
(Rangers)
Barry Ferguson
(Rangers)
2003-04 Celtic Rangers Partick Thistle Henrik Larsson (30) (Celtic) Chris Sutton
(Celtic)
Jackie McNamara
(Celtic)
2004-05 Rangers Celtic Dundee John Hartson (25) (Celtic) John Hartson (Celtic)
Fernando Ricksen (Rangers)
John Hartson (Celtic)
2005-06 Celtic Heart of Midlothian Livingston Kris Boyd (32) (15 - Kilmarnock, 17 - Rangers) Shaun Maloney (Celtic) Craig Gordon (Hearts)
2006-07 Celtic Rangers Dunfermline Athletic Kris Boyd (20) (Rangers) Shunsuke Nakamura (Celtic) Shunsuke Nakamura (Celtic)
2007-08 Celtic Rangers Gretna Scott McDonald (25) (Celtic) Aiden McGeady (Celtic) Carlos Cuéllar (Rangers)
2008-09 Rangers Celtic Inverness CT Kris Boyd (27) (Rangers) Scott Brown (Celtic) Gary Caldwell (Celtic)
2009-10 Rangers Celtic Falkirk Kris Boyd (23) (Rangers) Steven Davis (Rangers) David Weir (Rangers)

Top Scottish Premier League scorers

Top 10 Scottish Premier League scorers of all-time

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Scotland Kris Boyd Kilmarnock (1999-2006)
Rangers (2006-present)
164
2 Flag of Sweden Good one Henrik Larsson Celtic (1998-2004) 158
3 Flag of Australia Scott McDonald Motherwell (2004-2007)
Celtic (2007-2010)
93
4 Flag of Wales John Hartson Celtic (2001-2006) 88
5 Scotland Derek Riordan Hibernian (2001-2006)
Celtic (2006-2008)
Hibernian (2008-present)
84
6 Flag of Spain Nacho Novo Dundee (2002-2004)
Rangers (2004-present)
73
7 Scotland Stevie Crawford Hibernian (1998-2000)
Dunfermline Athletic (1999-2004)
Dundee United (2005)
Aberdeen (2005-2006)
Dunfermline Athletic (2006-2008)
65
England Chris Sutton Celtic (2000-2006)
9 Scotland Colin Nash Kilmarnock (2003–2008)
Hibernian (2008–present)
61
10 Scotland Billy Dodds Aberdeen (1994-1998)
Dundee United (1998-1999)
Rangers (1999-2003)
Dundee United (2003-2006)
60

External links

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