S.S.L. Season 178

Season Summary

Celtic continued the success of the treble last season by winning the Summer Cup, defeating Hibernian, from Division 'B', 2—1 in the final.

In the league, Rangers set a brisk pace from the start and had a 5-point advantage over Aberdeen and Celtic after 12 games. Over the next four games, however, Aberdeen fought back to take the lead in the table. Celtic's challenge faded towards the end of the season, leaving Rangers and Aberdeen to duel it out for the top spot. Rangers prevailed, however, with some impressive performances, such as a 6—1 win at home to Dumbarton. They clinched their 33rd league title with an impressive points total of 78, 9 ahead of second placed Aberdeen, and the highest total for a 30-game season since Dundee United's 80 points in Season 138. They only lost two league games all season, at Aberdeen and Dundee United, and were undefeated at home, winning all of their games at Ibrox apart from a 1—1 draw against Partick Thistle. Rangers will therefore represent Scotland in the Euro-League in Season 179, whilst Aberdeen and Celtic will compete in the Euro-Cup. At the bottom of Division 'A', Alloa and Queen of the South dropped into Division 'B', whilst Falkirk had to face the play-offs in order to remain in the top flight.

Division 'B' was dominated by Dundee, who finished 12 points ahead of second placed Airdrieonians, and these two clubs will play in the top division next season. The play-off qualifiers were Raith Rovers, Dunfermline and Kilmarnock. At the bottom, East Fife and Forfar dropped to Division 'C'. Albion Rovers and Peterhead gained promotion from Division 'C'.

The play-offs were won, very convincingly, by Falkirk who defeated Kilmarnock 5—2 and Dunfermline 7—1, and will therefore retain their place in Division 'A' for Season 179.

The Albion Cup was won by Division 'B' side Dundee, their sixth win in this competition, and their first for 52 seasons.

Division 'A'

League Table

QualPosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Rangers (C)3025328627+5978
2Aberdeen3022358236+4669
3Celtic3019655527+2863
4Hearts3016775233+1955
5Motherwell30137104345-246
6Dumbarton (p)30111093846-843
7Ross Co30117124747040
8Hamilton Acad30107134550-537
9Dundee Utd30910113448-1437
10St Mirren3097144453-934
11Inverness30103173845-733
12St Johnstone30710133544-931
13Partick Th3086163743-630
14Falkirk ¶(p)30510153565-3025
15Alloa Ath3067172559-3425
16Q.O.S.3047193361-2819

Qualification to Euro-League; Qualification to Euro-Cup; Qualification to relegation play-offs; Relegated; (C) = Champion; (CW) = Cup winner; = Play-off winner; (p) = Promoted in previous season.

Results

Home \ AwayABAACEDBDUFKHAHEIVMLPTQSRARCSJSM
Aberdeen6−01−21−13−14−15−12−22−13−03−24−14−25−22−13−2
Alloa Ath0−41−00−20−11−12−32−11−00−13−20−01−52−32−20−2
Celtic1−22−03−11−10−03−11−02−03−02−11−00−12−22−04−1
Dumbarton2−11−10−11−02−22−01−12−12−12−12−00−62−13−21−1
Dundee Utd0−12−11−11−13−12−20−43−30−12−12−22−00−11−11−0
Falkirk1−24−01−22−12−20−00−32−11−40−02−21−53−21−12−2
Hamilton Acad1−10−02−31−14−14−02−12−02−22−14−20−22−00−02−0
Hearts2−13−12−10−03−02−11−01−22−21−04−12−22−02−12−2
Inverness0−22−00−31−20−13−05−00−21−14−11−10−22−01−04−1
Motherwell1−03−20−21−14−04−13−20−31−31−01−10−21−10−21−1
Partick Th2−32−00−23−10−14−11−01−22−00−11−12−21−22−01−0
Q.O.S.1−51−21−43−10−24−12−11−02−31−21−20−10−22−21−2
Rangers2−14−03−16−15−13−03−24−11−04−21−13−03−02−01−0
Ross Co2−41−12−22−01−11−12−00−04−03−03−12−02−40−11−2
St Johnstone1−41−21−11−11−10−14−23−02−00−12−21−01−43−21−1
St Mirren1−30−02−32−13−13−21−32−32−02−40−03−22−32−32−0

Division 'B'

League Table

QualPosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Dundee3021819035+5571
2Airdrieonians3018576637+2959
3Raith R30151056434+3055
4Dunfermline Ath3015875033+1753
5Kilmarnock30141065837+2152
6Ayr Utd30121354835+1349
7Hibernian30121265842+1648
8Brechin C30145115442+1247
9Peterhead30118113842-441
10Queen's Pk30114154354-1137
11Morton30810124155-1434
12Stranraer3078154763-1629
13Stirling Alb3076173066-3627
14Arbroath30311163164-3320
15East Fife3052233472-3817
16Forfar Ath3038192869-4117

Promoted; Qualification to promotion play-offs; Relegated; = Play-off winner; (p) = Promoted in previous season; (r) = Relegated in previous season.

Results

Home \ AwayAIAHAUBCDDDFEFFOHIKIMNPDQPRRSASR
Airdrieonians5−12−03−22−31−24−15−11−33−03−11−11−21−14−01−0
Arbroath1−11−32−20−60−33−11−21−11−11−10−21−11−23−10−1
Ayr Utd1−11−11−01−11−03−12−23−32−23−01−13−00−01−13−1
Brechin C2−45−12−13−40−21−01−10−21−00−14−10−12−15−11−1
Dundee1−14−14−01−13−13−04−11−02−13−25−05−22−22−05−2
Dunfermline Ath0−22−11−01−02−31−14−11−10−03−02−02−12−23−14−2
East Fife2−13−11−32−31−31−21−30−11−31−42−20−11−41−20−2
Forfar Ath1−31−10−10−41−51−31−21−10−51−11−20−31−11−01−1
Hibernian2−32−11−10−20−24−15−12−12−23−30−11−22−23−05−1
Kilmarnock0−14−11−12−12−22−13−10−02−34−11−12−12−13−13−1
Morton1−21−11−31−21−11−01−01−03−32−11−12−22−41−11−1
Peterhead0−11−12−11−21−40−01−24−12−31−42−00−11−11−01−2
Queen's Pk2−10−00−11−32−10−32−32−11−11−32−30−22−45−12−1
Raith R4−13−10−23−03−31−12−04−01−11−24−10−14−14−02−0
Stirling Alb2−52−02−20−20−51−13−13−20−01−13−10−31−01−21−0
Stranraer0−22−33−33−32−22−24−32−12−32−20−21−24−30−14−1

Division 'C'

Albion Rovers and Stenhousemuir were promoted from Division 'C' to Division 'B'.

Albion Cup

Albion Cup no. 178 was won by Dundee, the champions of Division 'B', their first win in this competition since Season 126, 52 seasons ago. Dundee reached the final by beating Inverness (A) 2—1, Kilmarnock (A) 1—0, Motherwell (H) 4—0 and Aberdeen 2—0 in the semi-final at Hampden. They defeated Celtic in the final by 2 goals to 1. Celtic reached the final by defeating Raith Rovers (H) 4—1 in a replay, Airdrieonians (H) 4—1, Falkirk (H) 3—2 in a replay and Dunfermline 5—1 in the semi-final at Hampden. Dundee have now won the trophy on 6 occasions.

Summer Cup

Celtic won the Summer Cup for the third time and the second time in a row, with a 2—1 final victory over Championship side Hibernian.

GROUP 1PWDLFAGDPTS
Celtic330091+89
St Johnstone32014406
Alloa Ath301248-41
St Mirren301237-41
GROUP 5PWDLFAGDPTS
Dundee320141+36
Kilmarnock320153+26
Morton311154+14
Forfar Ath301228-61
GROUP 2PWDLFAGDPTS
Motherwell330062+49
Aberdeen320153+26
Hamilton Acad310264+23
Dundee Utd300308-80
GROUP 6PWDLFAGDPTS
Queen's Pk330071+69
Stirling Alb31115504
Ayr Utd310254+13
East Fife3012310-71
GROUP 3PWDLFAGDPTS
Partick Th312085+35
Inverness312053+25
Q.O.S.31115504
Dumbarton301216-51
GROUP 7PWDLFAGDPTS
Raith R3300111+109
Hibernian311145-14
Stranraer311146-24
Peterhead300307-70
GROUP 4PWDLFAGDPTS
Ross Co321053+27
Rangers320151+46
Hearts302123-12
Falkirk301216-51
GROUP 8PWDLFAGDPTS
Dunfermline Ath3300113+89
Brechin C311178-14
Airdrieonians310246-23
Arbroath301249-51

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