2015–16 Scottish Premiership

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Scottish Premiership
Ladbrokes Premiership
Season 2015–16
Champions Celtic
Relegated Dundee United
Matches played 170
Goals scored 478 (2.81 per match)
Top goalscorer Leigh Griffiths
(31 goals)[1]
Biggest home win Celtic 8–1 Hamilton Academical[2]
(19 January 2016)
Biggest away win Kilmarnock 0–4 Dundee[2]
(1 August 2015)
Kilmarnock 0–4 Ross County[2]
(22 August 2015)
Aberdeen 1–5 St Johnstone[2]
(3 October 2015)
Partick Thistle 0–4 Heart of Midlothian[2]
(31 October 2015)
Kilmarnock 0–4 Aberdeen[2]
(19 December 2015)
Highest scoring Celtic 8–1 Hamilton Academical[2]
(19 January 2016)
Longest winning run 8 matches:[2]
Aberdeen
Longest unbeaten run 12 matches:[2]
Aberdeen
Longest winless run 10 matches:[2]
Dundee United
Longest losing run 5 matches:[2]
Partick Thistle
Highest attendance 49,050[2]
Celtic 7–0 Motherwell
(15 May 2016)
Lowest attendance 1,516[2]
Hamilton Academical 0–1 Inverness CT
(11 May 2016)
Total attendance 2,237,437[2]
Average attendance 9,644[2]
All statistics correct as of 15 May 2016.

The 2015–16 Scottish Premiership (known as the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership for sponsorship reasons) is the third season of the Scottish Premiership, the highest division of Scottish football. The season began on 1 August 2015.[3] Celtic are the defending champions.

Twelve teams contest the league: Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee, Dundee United, Hamilton Academical, Heart of Midlothian, Inverness CT, Kilmarnock, Motherwell, Partick Thistle, Ross County and St Johnstone.

Teams

Promoted from Scottish Championship

Relegated from Scottish Premiership

Stadia and locations

Aberdeen Celtic Dundee Dundee United
Pittodrie Stadium Celtic Park Dens Park Tannadice Park
Capacity: 20,897[4] Capacity: 60,355[5] Capacity: 11,506[6] Capacity: 14,229[7]
Inside Pittodrie Stadium. - geograph.org.uk - 109557.jpg Celtic Park New.jpg Dens stand.jpg East Stand Tannadice.jpg
Hamilton Academical Heart of Midlothian
New Douglas Park Tynecastle Stadium
Capacity: 6,078[8] Capacity: 17,529[9]
New Douglas Park - 1.jpg Tynecastle Stadium 2007.jpg
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Kilmarnock
Caledonian Stadium Rugby Park
Capacity: 7,800[10] Capacity: 18,128[11]
Caledonianstadium.jpg Rugby Park.jpg
Motherwell Partick Thistle Ross County St Johnstone
Fir Park Firhill Stadium Victoria Park McDiarmid Park
Capacity: 13,677[12] Capacity: 10,102[13] Capacity: 6,541[14] Capacity: 10,696[15]
Fir Park, Motherwell. - geograph.org.uk - 219204.jpg JHS@Firhill.jpg Victoria park 2.jpg McDiarmid Park.jpg

Personnel and kits

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Aberdeen Scotland McInnes, DerekDerek McInnes Scotland Jack, RyanRyan Jack Adidas Saltire Energy
Celtic Norway Deila, RonnyRonny Deila Scotland Brown, ScottScott Brown New Balance Magners
Dundee Scotland Hartley, PaulPaul Hartley Northern Ireland McPake, JamesJames McPake Puma Kilmac Energy
Dundee United Scotland Gordon Young (interim) Republic of Ireland Dillon, SeánSeán Dillon Nike Calor
Hamilton Academical Scotland Canning, MartinMartin Canning Northern Ireland McGovern, MichaelMichael McGovern Adidas[16] Nevis (H), Scotia Aid (A)
Heart of Midlothian Scotland Neilson, RobbieRobbie Neilson Turkey Öztürk, AlimAlim Öztürk Puma Save the Children
Inverness CT Scotland Hughes, JohnJohn Hughes Republic of Ireland Foran, RichieRichie Foran Carbrini Subway
Kilmarnock England Clark, LeeLee Clark Republic of Ireland Connolly, MarkMark Connolly Erreà QTS
Motherwell Scotland McGhee, MarkMark McGhee Scotland Lasley, KeithKeith Lasley Macron Cash Converters
Partick Thistle Scotland Archibald, AlanAlan Archibald Ghana Osman, AbdulAbdul Osman Joma Kingsford Capital Management
Ross County Scotland McIntyre, JimJim McIntyre England Davies, AndrewAndrew Davies Carbrini Stanley CRC Evans Offshore
St Johnstone Northern Ireland Wright, TommyTommy Wright Scotland Mackay, DaveDave Mackay Joma Invest in Perth

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Motherwell England Baraclough, IanIan Baraclough Sacked 23 September 2015[17] 10th Scotland McGhee, MarkMark McGhee 13 October 2015[18]
Dundee United Scotland McNamara, JackieJackie McNamara 26 September 2015[19] 11th Finland Paatelainen, MixuMixu Paatelainen 14 October 2015[20]
Kilmarnock Scotland Locke, GaryGary Locke Resigned 30 January 2016[21] 11th Scotland Lee McCulloch (interim) 30 January 2016[21]
Kilmarnock Scotland Lee McCulloch (interim) End of interim 15 February 2016[22] 10th England Lee Clark 15 February 2016[22]
Dundee United Finland Paatelainen, MixuMixu Paatelainen Sacked 4 May 2016[23] 12th Scotland Gordon Young (interim) 4 May 2016[24]

Tournament format and regulations

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 will be played, with 38 matches played by each team.

Promotion and relegation

Heart of Midlothian were promoted as 2014–15 Scottish Championship winners. On 2 May, bottom club Dundee United were defeated 2–1 away to their city rivals Dundee, a defeat which confined them to relegation of the Championship. Craig Wighton, a local Dundee fan, scored the winning goal in the 92nd minute of the game. The champion of that league will be promoted to the Premiership for the 2016–17 season. The team that finishes 11th in the Premiership will play the winner of the Championship playoffs (teams that finish 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Championship) in two playoff games, with the winner securing a Premiership spot for the 2016–17 season.

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation[lower-alpha 1]
1 Celtic (C) 38 26 8 4 93 31 +62 86 Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round
2 Aberdeen 38 22 5 11 62 48 +14 71 Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
3 Heart of Midlothian 38 18 11 9 59 40 +19 65
4 St Johnstone 38 16 8 14 58 55 +3 56
5 Motherwell 38 15 5 18 47 63 −16 50
6 Ross County 38 14 6 18 55 61 −6 48
7 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 38 14 10 14 54 48 +6 52
8 Dundee 38 11 15 12 53 57 −4 48
9 Partick Thistle 38 12 10 16 41 50 −9 46
10 Hamilton Academical 38 11 10 17 42 63 −21 43
11 Kilmarnock (O) 38 9 9 20 41 64 −23 36 Qualification to Premiership play-off finals
12 Dundee United[lower-alpha 2] (R) 38 8 7 23 45 70 −25 28 Relegation to Scottish Championship
Source: Scottish Premiership, Soccerway (first phase), Soccerway (second phase)
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Play-off (only if deciding champion, UEFA competitions qualification and second stage group allocation).[26]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Teams play each other three times (33 matches), before the league is split into two groups (the top six and the bottom six).
  2. Dundee United were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player in their win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle on 6 May 2016.[25]

Results

Matches 1–22

Teams play each other twice, once at home and once away.

Home ╲ Away ABE CEL DND DUN HAM HOM INV KIL MOT PAR ROS STJ
Aberdeen 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–0 3–1 1–5
Celtic 3–1 6–0 5–0 8–1 0–0 4–2 0–0 1–2 1–0 2–0 3–1
Dundee 0–2 0–0 2–1 4–0 1–2 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 3–3 2–1
Dundee United 0–1 1–3 2–2 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–3 0–1 1–0 1–2
Hamilton Academical 1–1 1–2 1–1 4–0 3–2 3–4 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–3 2–4
Heart of Midlothian 1–3 2–2 1–1 3–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 4–3
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2–1 1–3 1–1 2–2 0–2 2–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 2–0 0–1
Kilmarnock 0–4 2–2 0–4 1–1 1–2 2–2 2–0 0–1 2–5 0–4 2–1
Motherwell 1–2 0–1 3–1 0–2 3–3 2–2 1–3 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–0
Partick Thistle 0–2 0–2 0–1 3–0 1–1 0–4 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–0 2–0
Ross County 2–0 1–4 5–2 2–1 2–0 1–2 1–2 3–2 3–0 1–0 2–3
St Johnstone 3–4 0–3 1–1 2–1 4–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–1

Source: Scottish Premiership
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 23–33

Teams play every other team once (either at home or away).

Home ╲ Away ABE CEL DND DUN HAM HOM INV KIL MOT PAR ROS STJ
Aberdeen 2–1 1–0 3–0 2–1 1–1
Celtic 0–0 3–1 3–0 2–0 3–1
Dundee 0–1 1–1 2–2 5–2 2–0
Dundee United 0–1 1–4 2–2 2–1 0–2 5–1
Hamilton Academical 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–2
Heart of Midlothian 2–1 1–0 6–0 1–0 0–3
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3–1 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–0
Kilmarnock 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–2 3–0
Motherwell 2–1 1–2 2–1 0–2 3–1 1–2
Partick Thistle 1–2 1–2 2–4 1–0 0–0
Ross County 2–3 0–3 2–1 0–3 0–3 1–0
St Johnstone 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–1

Source: Scottish Premiership
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 34–38

After 33 matches, the league splits into two sections of six teams each, with teams playing every other team in their section once (either at home or away). The exact matches are determined upon the league table at the time of the split.

Season statistics

Top scorers

As of matches played on 15 May 2016[1][27]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Scotland Leigh Griffiths Celtic 31
2 England Kane Hemmings Dundee 21
3 Republic of Ireland Adam Rooney Aberdeen 20
4 England Louis Moult Motherwell 15
Northern Ireland Liam Boyce Ross County
6 Scotland Kris Doolan Partick Thistle 14
Scotland Steven MacLean St Johnstone
8 Northern Ireland Billy Mckay Dundee United 12
Spain Juanma Hearts
10 England Miles Storey Inverness CT 11

Awards

Monthly awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Ref.
Manager Club Player Club
August Scotland Derek McInnes Aberdeen Scotland Leigh Griffiths Celtic [28]
September Scotland Derek McInnes Aberdeen Northern Ireland Niall McGinn Aberdeen
October Norway Ronny Deila Celtic Scotland Leigh Griffiths Celtic
November Scotland Alan Archibald Partick Thistle Scotland Michael O'Halloran St Johnstone
December Scotland Mark McGhee Motherwell Northern Ireland Liam Boyce Ross County
January Norway Ronny Deila Celtic England Kane Hemmings Dundee
February Finland Mixu Paatelainen Dundee United Northern Ireland Paul Paton Dundee United
March Scotland Mark McGhee Motherwell Australia Jackson Irvine Ross County
April Scotland John Hughes Inverness CT England Patrick Roberts Celtic

Premiership play-offs

The quarter-finals were contested between the 3rd and 4th placed teams in the Scottish Championship; Hibernian and Raith Rovers. Hibernian, the winners, advanced to the semi-finals to face the 2nd placed team in the Championship; Falkirk. Falkirk, the winners, advanced to the final to play-off against the 11th placed team in the Premiership, Kilmarnock, with the winners securing a place in the 2016–17 Scottish Premiership.

Quarter-final

First leg

Second leg

Semi-final

First leg

Second leg

Final

First leg

Second leg

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