Category: Scottish Premier League

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,[1] 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.

Background

For most of its history, the Scottish Football League had a two divisional structure (Divisions One and Two) between which clubs were promoted and relegated at the end of each season. However, by the mid-1970s, this organisation was perceived to be stagnant, and it was decided to split into a three divisional structure: Premier Division (formerly Division One), First Division (formerly Division Two) and a newly added Second Division. This system came into force for the 1975–76 season. This setup continued until the 1994–95 season, when a four divisional structure was introduced. This involved the creation of a Third Division, with all four divisions consisting of ten clubs.

On 8 September 1997, the clubs in the Premier Division decided to split from the Scottish Football League and form a Scottish Premier League. This followed an earlier example in England, which came into force during the 1992–93 season. This decision was fuelled by a desire by the top clubs in Scotland to retain more of the revenue generated by the game. Originally, league sponsorship money was divided proportionally between clubs in all four divisions. After the SPL was formed, its clubs retained all of its commercial revenues except for an annual payment to the SFL and a parachute payment to relegated clubs.

League info were according to Wikipedia

Two reasons to cheer: Celtic could agree deal for defender and creative midfielder

Celtic fans

Celtic could agree two deals this summer, with defender Dedryck Boyata considering a contract extension at Parkhead and Hibernian midfielder John McGinn being a target for Brendan Rodgers. Despite securing a second consecutive treble last season, Celtic aren’t resting on their laurels. They’re desperate to keep strengthening the side to ensure more success will come […]

Bad news for Celtic as Leicester and West Ham close in on 21-year-old

Patrick Roberts - Football Weeks

According to the Express, Celtic’s hopes of keeping Patrick Roberts for another season have been dashed with Leicester City and West Ham United keen to procure his signature this summer. The 21-year-old joined Celtic on loan from Manchester City on February 2016 and has spent two-and-a-half years with the Hoops, making 78 appearances in all […]

Brendan Rodgers confirms Celtic favourite will undergo surgery this summer

Brendan Rodgers - Football Weeks

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed striker Leigh Griffiths will undergo surgery this summer to hopefully put his injury woes behind him and have a better season in 2018/19. The 27-year-old made only 10 starts in the Scottish Premiership this campaign, scoring and creating 11 goals, and started only nine other matches in the Champions […]

Celtic post hilarious message for Rangers after Gerrard’s appointment

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard

Celtic wasted no time welcoming Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard to the Scottish Premier League after the ex-England international was appointed manager of arch-rivals Rangers on Friday. Gerrard, formerly the coach of Liverpool’s u18  side, said he accepted the job as a “feeling in his stomach” showed him it was the right move. The 37-year-old will […]

Celtic’s key midfielder has an uncertain future this summer

Tom Rogic - Celtic - Football Weeks

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted midfielder Tom Rogic could leave the club this summer but is hoping he’ll stay into the last year of his deal. The Australian international has endured an injury-hit season, spending three months out after damaging his knee, and doesn’t look like he’ll commit his future to the champions past […]

Bad news as Brendan Rodgers admits striker could leave Celtic

Brendan Rodgers - Football Weeks

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers admits striker Moussa Dembele could leave the club this summer but says he will look to Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths to shoulder the scoring burden next season. Dembele joined the Hoops from Fulham in 2016 and has gone on to make 85 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 64 […]

Kris Commons believes Celtic star would be a ‘hell of a player’ at Manchester United

Former Celtic forward Kris Commons believes Kieran Tierney would be a ‘hell of a player’ at Manchester United if he had more arrogance. The 34-year-old says the talented defender could shine for the Red Devils if he acted like he belonged with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba. Tierney rose through […]