2005–06 Scottish Premier League

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Scottish Premier League
Season2005–06
Dates29 July 2005 – 7 May 2006
Champions Celtic
Relegated Livingston
Champions League Celtic
Hearts
UEFA Cup Rangers
Gretna
Intertoto Cup Hibernian
Matches played228
Goals scored644 (2.82 per match)
Top goalscorer Kris Boyd (32)
Biggest home win Hibernian 7–0 Livingston
Biggest away win Dunfermline 1–8 Celtic
2006–07

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.

Celtic F.C. association football club in Glasgow, Scotland

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 Strachan Scottish footballer and manager

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.

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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.

Heart of Midlothian F.C. Scottish association football club based in Edinburgh

Heart of Midlothian Football Club, commonly known as Hearts, is a Scottish professional football club based in the Gorgie area of Edinburgh, Scotland, that plays in the Scottish Premiership, the top tier in Scottish football. Hearts are the oldest football club in the Scottish capital, as they were formed in 1874 by a group of friends from the Heart of Midlothian Quadrille Assembly, whose name was influenced by Walter Scott's novel The Heart of Midlothian. The modern club crest is based on the Heart of Midlothian mosaic on the city's Royal Mile and the team's colours are predominantly maroon and white.

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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.

Livingston were relegated, and Scottish First Division winners St Mirren were promoted.

Livingston F.C. Scottish association football club based in Livingston

Livingston Football Club is a Scottish professional football club based in Livingston, West Lothian.

The Scottish Football League First Division was the second tier in the Scottish football league system between 1975 and 2013.

St Mirren F.C. association football club in Scotland

St Mirren Football Club is a Scottish professional football club based in Paisley, Renfrewshire, founded in 1877. They play in the Scottish Premiership after winning the 2017–18 Scottish Championship. The team has two nicknames, the "Buddies" and the "Saints".

Kris Boyd was the top scorer with 32 goals (17 for Rangers after 15 for Kilmarnock).

Kris Boyd Scottish association football player

Kris Boyd is a Scottish former professional footballer.

Teams

Promotion and relegation from 2004–05

Promoted from First Division to Premier League

Relegated from Premier League to First Division

Stadia and locations

Aberdeen Celtic Dundee United Falkirk
Pittodrie Stadium Celtic Park Tannadice Park Falkirk Stadium
Capacity: 20,866 [1] Capacity: 60,411 [2] Capacity: 14,223 [3] Capacity: 7,937 [4]
Pittodrie from Block Y, May 2015.jpg Celtic Park New.jpg East Stand Tannadice.jpg Falkirk Stadium - geograph.org.uk - 397119.jpg
Dunfermline Athletic Heart of Midlothian
East End Park Tynecastle Park
Capacity: 12,509 [5] Capacity: 17,420 [6]
East End Park from Norrie McCathie stand.jpg Tynecastle Stadium 2007.jpg
Hibernian Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Easter Road Caledonian Stadium
Capacity: 16,531 [7] Capacity: 7,500 [8]
Easter Road 2010.JPG Caledonianstadium.jpg
Kilmarnock Livingston Motherwell Rangers
Rugby Park Almondvale Stadium Fir Park Ibrox Stadium
Capacity: 17,889 [9] Capacity: 10,016 [10] Capacity: 13,677 [11] Capacity: 50,817 [12]
Rugby Park.jpg Almondvale Stadium.jpg Fir Park, Motherwell. - geograph.org.uk - 219204.jpg Ibrox Inside.jpg

Personnel

TeamManager
Aberdeen Flag of Scotland.svg Jimmy Calderwood
Celtic Flag of Scotland.svg Gordon Strachan
Dundee United Flag of Scotland.svg Craig Brewster
Dunfermline Athletic Flag of Scotland.svg Jim Leishman
Falkirk Flag of Scotland.svg John Hughes
Heart of Midlothian Flag of Lithuania.svg Valdas Ivanauskas
Hibernian Flag of England.svg Tony Mowbray
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Flag of Scotland.svg Charlie Christie
Kilmarnock Flag of Scotland.svg Jim Jefferies
Livingston Flag of Scotland.svg John Robertson
Motherwell Flag of England.svg Terry Butcher
Rangers Flag of Scotland.svg Alex McLeish

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerDate of vacancyManner of departurePosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
Livingston Flag of Scotland.svg Richard Gough 22 May 2005ResignedPre-season Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Lambert 1 June 2005
Celtic Ulster Banner.svg Martin O'Neill 25 May 2005Resigned Flag of Scotland.svg Gordon Strachan 1 June 2005
Heart of Midlothian Flag of Scotland.svg Steven Pressley
Flag of Scotland.svg John McGlynn
29 June 2005End of caretaker spell Flag of Scotland.svg George Burley 30 June 2005
Heart of Midlothian Flag of Scotland.svg George Burley 21 October 2005Mutual consent1st Flag of England.svg Graham Rix 8 November 2005
Dundee United Flag of Scotland.svg Gordon Chisholm 10 January 2006Sacked9th Flag of Scotland.svg Craig Brewster 13 January 2006
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Flag of Scotland.svg Craig Brewster 13 January 2006Signed by Dundee United 7th Flag of Scotland.svg Charlie Christie 28 January 2006
Livingston Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Lambert 11 February 2006Resigned12th Flag of Scotland.svg John Robertson 15 February 2005
Heart of Midlothian Flag of England.svg Graham Rix 22 March 2006Sacked2nd Flag of Lithuania.svg Valdas Ivanauskas 22 March 2006

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation [lower-alpha 1]
1 Celtic 3828739337+5691Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Heart of Midlothian 3822887131+4074Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
3 Rangers 38211076737+3073Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round
4 Hibernian 38175166156+556Qualification for the UEFA Intertoto Cup second round [lower-alpha 2]
5 Kilmarnock 381510136364155
6 Aberdeen 381315104640+654
7 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 381513105138+1358
8 Motherwell 381310155561649
9 Dundee United 387121941662533
10 Falkirk 38892135642933
11 Dunfermline Athletic 38892133683533
12 Livingston 38462825795418Relegation to the Scottish First Division
Source: Scottish Professional Football League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
Notes:
  1. Teams played each other three times (33 matches), before the league split into two groups (the top six and the bottom six) for the last five matches.
  2. Hibernian qualified for the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup by being the highest place applicant for the competition.

Results

Matches 1–22

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
Aberdeen 1–3 2–0 0–03–01–10–1 0–0 1–20–02–23–2
Celtic 2–02–00–13–11–13–22–14–22–15–0 3–0
Dundee United 1–1 2–42–12–10–31–01–10–02–01–10–0
Dunfermline Athletic 0–20–42–10–11–41–20–10–10–10–33–3
Falkirk 1–20–31–31–22–20–20–21–21–10–11–1
Heart of Midlothian 2–02–33–02–05–0 4–0 0–01–02–12–11–0
Hibernian 1–20–12–11–12–3 2–0 1–24–23–02–12–1
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1–1 1–11–12–10–30–12–02–23–01–20–1
Kilmarnock 4–20–12–13–21–12–42–22–23–04–12–3
Livingston 0–00–51–01–10–21–41–21–10–31–22–2
Motherwell 3–14–44–51–05–01–11–30–22–21–00–1
Rangers 0–0 3–1 3–05–12–21–00–31–13–03–02–0
Source: [ citation needed ]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 23–33

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
Aberdeen 1–01–02–23–02–22–0
Celtic 3–03–32–11–02–1
Dundee United 1–1 1–12–42–23–11–4
Dunfermline Athletic 1–01–81–11–12–21–1
Falkirk 1–01–20–01–41–2
Heart of Midlothian 1–24–0 4–1 3–01–1
Hibernian 1–23–13–10–22–17–0
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0–1 0–03–30–12–3
Kilmarnock 1–41–02–11–03–12–0
Livingston 0–20–10–12–32–1
Motherwell 1–32–03–12–22–1
Rangers 0–1 1–02–04–04–11–0
Source: [ citation needed ]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 34–38

During matches 34–38 each team played every other team in their half of the table once.

Top scorers

PlayerClubGoals
Flag of Scotland.svg Kris Boyd Kilmarnock / Rangers 32
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg John Hartson Celtic 18
Flag of Scotland.svg Craig Dargo Inverness CT 16
Flag of Scotland.svg Derek Riordan Hibernian 16
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Rudi Skácel Hearts 16
Flag of Poland.svg Maciej Żurawski Celtic 16
Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Hartley Hearts 14
Flag of Denmark.svg Peter Løvenkrands Rangers 14
Flag of Scotland.svg Shaun Maloney Celtic 13
Flag of Scotland.svg Steven Naismith Kilmarnock 13
Flag of Scotland.svg Mark Burchill Dunfermline Athletic 12
Flag of Ireland.svg Richie Foran Motherwell 11

Source: SPL official website

Attendances

The average attendances for SPL clubs during the 2005/06 season are shown below:

TeamAverage
Celtic 58,149
Rangers 49,245
Hearts 16,767
Hibernian 13,816
Aberdeen 12,727
Dundee United 8,197
Kilmarnock 7,070
Dunfermline Athletic 6,260
Motherwell 6,250
Falkirk 5,515
Inverness CT 5,061
Livingston 4,938

Source: SPL official website

Monthly awards

MonthManagerPlayerYoung Player
August Flag of Scotland.svg George Burley (Hearts) Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Rudolf Skácel (Hearts) Flag of Scotland.svg Steven Naismith (Kilmarnock)
September Flag of Scotland.svg George Burley (Hearts) Flag of Scotland.svg Andy Webster (Hearts) Flag of Scotland.svg Kevin Thomson (Hibernian)
October Flag of Scotland.svg Gordon Strachan (Celtic) Flag of Bulgaria.svg Stilian Petrov (Celtic) Flag of Scotland.svg Darryl Duffy (Falkirk)
November Flag of England.svg Tony Mowbray (Hibernian) Flag of Scotland.svg Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) Flag of Ireland.svg Aiden McGeady (Celtic)
December Flag of Scotland.svg Craig Brewster (Inverness CT) Flag of Denmark.svg Peter Løvenkrands (Rangers) Flag of Scotland.svg Calum Elliot (Hearts)
January Flag of Scotland.svg Alex McLeish (Rangers) Flag of Scotland.svg Kris Boyd (Rangers) Flag of Scotland.svg Steven Naismith (Kilmarnock)
February Flag of Scotland.svg Jimmy Calderwood (Aberdeen) Flag of Poland.svg Maciej Żurawski (Celtic) Flag of Scotland.svg Charlie Mulgrew (Dundee United)
March Flag of England.svg Terry Butcher (Motherwell) Flag of Scotland.svg Steven Naismith (Kilmarnock) Flag of Scotland.svg Brian McLean (Motherwell)
April Flag of Scotland.svg Jimmy Calderwood (Aberdeen) Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Hartley (Hearts) Flag of Scotland.svg Steven Smith (Rangers)

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