|Dates||29 July 2005 – 7 May 2006|
|Champions League|| Celtic |
|UEFA Cup|| Rangers |
|Goals scored||644 (2.82 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Kris Boyd (32)|
|Biggest home win||Hibernian 7–0 Livingston|
|Biggest away win||Dunfermline 1–8 Celtic|
The 2005–06 Scottish Premier League was won by Celtic, with a 17-point margin over their nearest challengers Hearts in the first season under the management of Gordon Strachan. Rangers, who finished third, failed to finish a Scottish top flight campaign as champions or runners-up for the first time since 1988.
The Celtic Football Club is a Scottish professional football club based in Glasgow, which plays in the Scottish Premiership. The club was founded in 1887 with the purpose of alleviating poverty in the immigrant Irish population in the East End of Glasgow. They played their first match in May 1888, a friendly match against Rangers which Celtic won 5–2. Celtic established themselves within Scottish football, winning six successive league titles during the first decade of the 20th century. The club enjoyed their greatest successes during the 1960s and 70s under Jock Stein when they won nine consecutive league titles and the 1967 European Cup. Celtic have played in green and white for the entirety of its history, adopting hoops in 1903, those being used ever since.
Gordon David Strachan is a Scottish football coach and former player. Strachan played for Dundee, Aberdeen, Manchester United, Leeds United and Coventry City, as well as the Scotland national team. He has since managed Coventry City, Southampton, Celtic, Middlesbrough and Scotland.
As league champions, Celtic qualified for the UEFA Champions League, with runners-up Hearts also qualifying. This marked the first time since 1995 that a club outside the Old Firm of Celtic and Rangers finished in the top two. Third-placed Rangers qualified for the UEFA Cup, as did Scottish Second Division champions Gretna, who took the Scottish Cup place despite losing the final to Hearts.
A runner-up is a participant who finishes in second place in any of a variety of competitive endeavors, especially sporting events and beauty pageants; in the latter instance, the term is applied to more than one of the highest-ranked non-winning contestants, the second-place finisher being designated "first runner-up", the third-place finisher "second runner-up", and so on.
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The 1994–95 season was the 98th season of competitive football in Scotland. This season saw the introduction of a fourth tier of league football and also three points for a win being awarded instead of just two.
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Promoted from First Division to Premier League
Relegated from Premier League to First Division
|Pittodrie Stadium||Celtic Park||Tannadice Park||Falkirk Stadium|
|Capacity: 20,866||Capacity: 60,411||Capacity: 14,223||Capacity: 7,937|
|Dunfermline Athletic||Heart of Midlothian|
|East End Park||Tynecastle Park|
|Capacity: 12,509||Capacity: 17,420|
|Hibernian||Inverness Caledonian Thistle|
|Easter Road||Caledonian Stadium|
|Capacity: 16,531||Capacity: 7,500|
|Rugby Park||Almondvale Stadium||Fir Park||Ibrox Stadium|
|Capacity: 17,889||Capacity: 10,016||Capacity: 13,677||Capacity: 50,817|
|Heart of Midlothian|
|Inverness Caledonian Thistle|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Date of vacancy||Manner of departure||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Livingston||22 May 2005||Resigned||Pre-season||1 June 2005|
|Celtic||25 May 2005||Resigned||1 June 2005|
|Heart of Midlothian||29 June 2005||End of caretaker spell||30 June 2005|
|Heart of Midlothian||21 October 2005||Mutual consent||1st||8 November 2005|
|Dundee United||10 January 2006||Sacked||9th||13 January 2006|
|Inverness Caledonian Thistle||13 January 2006||Signed by Dundee United||7th||28 January 2006|
|Livingston||11 February 2006||Resigned||12th||15 February 2005|
|Heart of Midlothian||22 March 2006||Sacked||2nd||22 March 2006|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Celtic||38||28||7||3||93||37||+56||91||Qualification for the Champions League group stage|
|2||Heart of Midlothian||38||22||8||8||71||31||+40||74||Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round|
|3||Rangers||38||21||10||7||67||37||+30||73||Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round|
|4||Hibernian||38||17||5||16||61||56||+5||56||Qualification for the UEFA Intertoto Cup second round|
|7||Inverness Caledonian Thistle||38||15||13||10||51||38||+13||58|
|12||Livingston||38||4||6||28||25||79||−54||18||Relegation to the Scottish First Division|
During matches 1–22 each team played every other team twice (home and away).
|Home \ Away||ABE||CEL||DUN||DNF||FAL||HOM||HIB||INV||KIL||LIV||MOT||RAN|
|Heart of Midlothian||2–0||2–3||3–0||2–0||5–0||4–0||0–0||1–0||2–1||2–1||1–0|
|Inverness Caledonian Thistle||1–1||1–1||1–1||2–1||0–3||0–1||2–0||2–2||3–0||1–2||0–1|
During matches 23–33 each team played every other team once (either at home or away).
|Home \ Away||ABE||CEL||DUN||DNF||FAL||HOM||HIB||INV||KIL||LIV||MOT||RAN|
|Heart of Midlothian||1–2||4–0||4–1||3–0||1–1|
|Inverness Caledonian Thistle||0–1||0–0||3–3||0–1||2–3|
During matches 34–38 each team played every other team in their half of the table once.
|Kilmarnock / Rangers||32|
Source: SPL official website
The average attendances for SPL clubs during the 2005/06 season are shown below:
Source: SPL official website
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