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The 2007–08 Scottish Premier League season was the tenth season of the Scottish Premier League. It began on 4 August 2007 and was originally due to end on 18 May 2008. Due to Rangers' progression to the 2008 UEFA Cup Final and the postponement of fixtures during the winter due to poor weather and the death of Phil O'Donnell, a backlog of Rangers fixtures led to the SPL's decision to move the final round of fixtures to 22 May 2008. It was the first season under the sponsorship of the Clydesdale Bank.

Gretna were promoted from the First Division the previous season and played in the SPL for the first time, replacing Dunfermline Athletic. Gretna did not play at their home stadium (Raydale Parkmarker) because it did not meet SPL stadia criteria. Gretna used Motherwell's Fir Parkmarker for most of their games instead, although they also played one match at Livingston's Almondvale Stadiummarker.

Champions Celtic qualified directly for the Champions League, while second-placed Rangers qualified for the Second qualifying round. Third-placed Motherwell qualified for the UEFA Cup and Hibernian qualified for the Intertoto Cup. First Division Queen of the South also qualified for the UEFA Cup after reaching the Scottish Cup Final. Gretna were relegated after just one season in the SPL and were replaced by Hamilton Academical for the following season's competition, who were First Division champions.

The championship was determined on the final day of the season. Leaders Celtic travelled to Tannadicemarker to play Dundee United knowing that a win would secure the title. They achieved this, courtesy of a single-goal victory following a second-half header from Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. Rangers needed to win or draw their final match of the season against Aberdeen at Pittodriemarker and hope that Celtic at least drew or lost respectively, neither of these happened as Rangers lost their final league match 2–0.

Promotion and Relegation from 2006–07

Promoted from First Division to Premier League

Relegated from Premier League to First Division

Events









  • 29 May: Gretna were demoted to the Third Division after administrator David Elliot could not guarantee the Football League that the club would fulfil its fixtures next season.




  • 2 June: Gretna resigned from the Scottish Football League because the administrator concluded that the club could not continue to run as a business.


League table



||Resigned from the Scottish Football League


Results

Matches 1–22

During matches 1–22 each team played every other team twice (home and away).

Matches 23–33

During matches 23–33 each team played every other team once (either at home or away).

Matches 34–38

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

Top six

Bottom six

Goals

Top scorers





Hat-tricks



Kits and shirt sponsors



For the first time in the SPL, certain teams also carried secondary sponsors on the back of their jerseys, above the players' names.

Attendances

Source: SPL official website

1 Gretna were sharing Motherwell's stadium whilst Raydale Parkmarker was being upgraded.However, in March the Fir Park pitch was considered unplayable so the game between Gretna and Celtic was played instead at Almondvalemarker, the home of First Division club Livingston.

Managerial changes



Awards

Monthly awards



Scottish Writers Clydesdale Bank Premier League Awards



Broadcasting rights

Setanta Sportsprovided domestic TV live coverage and highlights as in previous seasons, with STVand BBC Scotlandalso broadcasting free-to-air highlights. BBC Radio Scotlandcontinued to provide domestic radio coverage, with many games also available internationally, and all domestically, through their website. The BBCheld rights to show highlights online and do so through the BBC Sport website. Internationally, the Premier League's overseas television broadcasting partner was TWI, with coverage of the SPL available in over 100 territories worldwide.[484740]

Transfer deals

See: List of Scottish football transfers 2007–08


External links



References

  1. SPL prepares for season extension
  2. Motherwell captain O'Donnell dies BBC Sport. Retrieved on 29 December 2007


Player Goals Club
25 Celtic
15 Celtic
14 Rangers
Motherwell
13 Hibernian
Dundee United
Dundee United/Celtic
12 Motherwell
Rangers
Aberdeen
11 Kilmarnock/Hibernian
10 Rangers
Rangers
9 Inverness CT
8 Falkirk
Scorer
For
Against
Date
Scott McDonald
Celtic
Dundee United
29 September 2007
Clayton Donaldson
Hibernian
Kilmarnock
29 September 2007
Scott McDonald
Celtic
Motherwell
27 October 2007
Aiden McGeady
Celtic
Falkirk
11 December 2007
Barry Robson
Dundee United
Heart of Midlothian
2 January 2008
Steven Fletcher
Hibernian
Gretna
13 February 2008
Team
Kitmaker
Shirt sponsor
Notes
Aberdeen
Nikemarker
Apex Tubulars
New home and third kits
Celtic
Nike
Carling
New home kit and new away kit to celebrate 40 years since being the first British team to win the European Cup.
Dundee United
hummel
Anglian Home Improvements
New home and away kit
Falkirk
Lotto
Central Demolition
Lotto take over from previous manufacturer, TFG. Home kit is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the club's Scottish Cup victory in 1957.
Gretna
Crest Teamwear
Subway
Subway take over as new sponsor
Heart of Midlothian
Umbro
Ukio Bankas
Umbro take over from previous manufacturer, Hummel
Hibernian
Le Coq Sportif
Whyte and Mackay
New away kit and new home kit
Inverness CT
Erreà
Flybe
Flybe take over as new sponsor
Kilmarnock
Lotto
www.smallworldmedia.com
Lotto take over from previous manufacturer, TFG.
Motherwell
Bukta
Anglian Home Improvements
Bukta take over from previous manufacturer, Xara
Rangers
Umbro
Carling
New home, away and third kits
St. Mirren
hummel
Braehead Shopping Centremarker
Hummel take over from previous manufacturer, Xara
Team
Stadium
Capacity
Lowest
Highest
Average
Celtic Celtic Parkmarker 60,832 45,000 60,000 56,676
Rangers Ibrox Stadiummarker 51,082 47,419 50,440 49,143
Heart of Midlothian Tynecastle Stadiummarker 17,420 10,512 17,131 15,930
Hibernian Easter Roadmarker 17,500 7,650 17,015 13,840
Aberdeen Pittodriemarker 22,199 8,240 17,798 11,993
Dundee United Tannadice Parkmarker 14,209 5,845 13,613 8,530
Motherwell1 Fir Parkmarker 13,742 4,259 10,445 6,598
Kilmarnock Rugby Parkmarker 18,128 4,086 11,544 6,181
Falkirk Falkirk Stadiummarker 6,935 4,490 6,803 5,567
Inverness CT Caledonian Stadiummarker 7,500 3,420 7,753 4,752
St. Mirren Love Streetmarker 10,800 3,163 7,840 4,547
Gretna1 Fir Parkmarker 13,742 431 6,137 2,283
Team
Outgoing manager
Manner of departure
Date of vacancy
Replaced by
Date of appointment
Motherwell
Maurice Malpas
Sacked
18 June 2007
Mark McGhee
1 June 2007
Gretna
Rowan Alexander
Health
4 August 2007
David Irons
18 July 2007
Heart of Midlothian
Valdas Ivanauskas
Mutual consent
Stephen Frail & Anatoly Korobochka
30 July 2007
Inverness CT
Charlie Christie
Resigned
August 2007
Craig Brewster
27 August 2007
Hibernian
John Collins
Resigned
20 December 2007
Mixu Paatelainen
10 January 2008
Gretna
David Irons
Resigned
19 February 2008
Mick Wadsworth
19 February
Heart of Mdilothian
Stephen Frail
Mutual Consent
27 May 2008
Csaba László
11 July
Month Manager Player Young player Rising star
August Walter Smith (Rangers) Carlos Cuéllar (Rangers) Steven Fletcher (Hibernian) Mark Staunton (Falkirk)
September John Collins (Hibernian) Scott McDonald (Celtic) Andrew Driver (Heart of Midlothian) Scott Anson (Kilmarnock)
October Craig Levein (Dundee United) Lee Wilkie (Dundee United) Ross McCormack (Motherwell) Jack Wilson (Hibernian)
November Mark McGhee (Motherwell) Aiden McGeady (Celtic) Ross McCormack (Motherwell) Liam Cusack (Gretna)
December Craig Brewster (Inverness CT) Marius Niculae (Inverness CT) Scott Arfield (Falkirk)
January Walter Smith (Rangers) Barry Robson (Dundee United) Danny Grainger (Dundee United)
February Mixu Paatelainen (Hibernian) Aiden McGeady (Celtic) Steven Fletcher (Hibernian) Ryan Strachan (Aberdeen)
March Walter Smith (Rangers) Darren Barr (Falkirk) Garry Kenneth (Dundee United) Ryan Crighton (St. Mirren)
April Gordon Strachan (Celtic) Barry Robson (Celtic) Gary Glen (Heart of Midlothian)
Award Recipient
Player of the Season Aiden McGeady (Celtic)
Manager of the Season Gordon Strachan (Celtic)
Young Player of the Season Aiden McGeady (Celtic)
Goal of the Season Willo Flood (Dundee United v St. Mirren)
Under-19 League Player of the Season Scott Anson (Kilmarnock)
Best Club Media Relations Kilmarnock
Best Fan Initiative Heart of Midlothian
Best Matchday Hospitality Package Rangers
Best Community Initiative Falkirk
Best Away Ground Tynecastlemarker (Heart of Midlothian)

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