|Number of teams||10|
|Level on pyramid||2|
|Promotion to||Scottish Premiership|
|Relegation to||Scottish League One|
|Domestic cup(s)||Scottish Cup|
|League cup(s)|| Scottish League Cup |
Scottish Challenge Cup
|Current champions|| Heart of Midlothian (2nd title) |
|Most championships||Heart of Midlothian (2 titles)|
|TV partners|| BBC Scotland |
|Current: 2020–21 Scottish Championship|
The Scottish Championship is the second tier of the Scottish Professional Football League, the league competition for men's professional football clubs in Scotland. The Scottish Championship was established in July 2013, after the Scottish Professional Football League was formed by a merger of the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League.
Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then goal difference, and then goals scored. At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned league champion. If points are equal, the goal difference determines the winner. If this still does not result in a winner, the tied teams must take part in a playoff game at a neutral venue to determine the final placings.
The champions are directly promoted to the Scottish Premiership, swapping places with the bottom-ranked club of the Premiership. The clubs finishing 2nd, 3rd and 4th then enter the two-legged Premiership play-off. The 3rd-placed club plays the 4th-placed club, with the winner then playing the 2nd-placed club. The winner of that game then plays against the 11th-placed Premiership club. If the Championship play-off winner prevails, the club is promoted and the Premiership club is relegated; otherwise, the Premiership club remains in its league while the Championship club is not promoted.
For promotion and relegation, the Championship play-off system closely mirrors its Premiership counterpart — the bottom-ranked club in the Championship is automatically relegated while the 9th-placed club undergoes a play-off with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed clubs from League One.
Listed below are all the teams competing in the 2020–21 Scottish Championship season, with details of the first season they entered the second tier; the first season of their current spell in the second tier; and the last time they won the second tier.
|Team||Position in 2019–20||First season in|
|First season of current|
spell in second tier
|Last second tier title|
|Alloa Athletic||8th, Scottish Championship||1921–22||2018–19||1921–22|
|Arbroath||5th, Scottish Championship||1921–22||2019–20||—|
|Ayr United||4th, Scottish Championship||1910–11||2018–19||1965–66|
|Dundee||3rd, Scottish Championship||1938–39||2019–20||2013–14|
|Dunfermline Athletic||6th, Scottish Championship||1912–13||2016–17||2010–11|
|Greenock Morton||7th, Scottish Championship||1893–94||2015–16||1986–87|
|Heart of Midlothian||12th, Scottish Premiership (relegated)||1977–78||2020–21||2014–15|
|Inverness Caledonian Thistle||2nd, Scottish Championship||1999–00||2017–18||2009–10|
|Queen of the South||9th, Scottish Championship||1923–24||2013–14||1950–51|
|Raith Rovers||1st, Scottish League One (promoted)||1902–03||2020–21||1994–95|
|Alloa Athletic||Arbroath||Ayr United||Dundee||Dunfermline Athletic|
|Recreation Park||Gayfield Park||Somerset Park||Dens Park||East End Park|
|Capacity: 3,100||Capacity: 6,600||Capacity: 10,185||Capacity: 11,775||Capacity: 11,480|
|Greenock Morton||Heart of Midlothian||Inverness Caledonian Thistle||Queen of the South||Raith Rovers|
|Cappielow Park||Tynecastle Park||Caledonian Stadium||Palmerston Park||Stark's Park|
|Capacity: 11,589||Capacity: 19,852||Capacity: 7,512||Capacity: 8,690||Capacity: 8,867|
|2013–14||Dundee||Hamilton Academical||Rory Loy (Falkirk)||20|
|2014–15||Heart of Midlothian||Hibernian||Jason Cummings (Hibernian)||18|
|2015–16||Rangers||Falkirk||Martyn Waghorn (Rangers)||20|
|2016–17||Hibernian||Falkirk|| Jason Cummings (Hibernian)|
Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South)
|2017–18||St Mirren||Livingston||Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South)||18|
|2018–19||Ross County||Dundee United||Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United)||24|
|2019–20||Dundee United||Inverness Caledonian Thistle||Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United)||24|
|2020–21||Heart of Midlothian||Dundee||Liam Boyce (Heart of Midlothian)||14|
|1||Stephen Dobbie||Queen of the South (2016–)||69|
|2||Jason Cummings|| Hibernian (2014–2017)|
|3||Lawrence Shankland|| St Mirren (2015–2017)|
Greenock Morton (2017)
Ayr United (2018–2019)
Dundee United (2019–2020)
|4||Nicky Clark|| Rangers (2014–2016)|
Dunfermline Athletic (2016–2018)
Dundee United (2018–2020)
|5||Derek Lyle||Queen of the South (2013–2018)||51|
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