2004–05 Scottish Premier League

Scottish Premier League
Season2004–05
ChampionsRangers
Champions LeagueRangers
Celtic
UEFA CupHibernian
Dundee United
Intertoto CupNone
Top goalscorerJohn Hartson (25)
Biggest home winCeltic 6–0 Dunfermline (12 March)
Biggest away winLivingston 0–4 Celtic (13 April)

The 2004–05 Scottish Premier League was won by Rangers. Rangers won the title on the final day of the season by a single point from Celtic, who had gone into the final fixtures leading, but conceded two goals in the final two minutes of their final game to Motherwell striker Scott McDonald, costing them the title.

As league champions, Rangers qualified for the UEFA Champions League, with runners-up Celtic also qualifying. Third-placed Hibernian qualified for the UEFA Cup, as did Dundee United, who took the Scottish Cup place despite losing the final to Celtic.

Dundee were relegated, and Scottish First Division winners Falkirk were promoted.

John Hartson was the top scorer with 25 goals for Celtic, whose manager Martin O'Neill stepped down at the end of the season after five years and a host of major trophies.

Teams[]

Promotion and relegation from 2003–04[]

Promoted from First Division to Premier League

Relegated from Premier League to First Division

Stadia and locations[]

Aberdeen Celtic Dundee Dundee United
Pittodrie Stadium Celtic Park Dens Park Tannadice Park
Capacity: 20,866[1] Capacity: 60,411[2] Capacity: 11,506[3] Capacity: 14,223[4]
Pittodrie from Block Y, May 2015.jpg Celtic Park New.jpg Dens stand.jpg East Stand Tannadice.jpg
Dunfermline Athletic


Heart of Midlothian
East End Park Tynecastle Park
Capacity: 12,509[5] Capacity: 17,420[6]
East End Park from Norrie McCathie stand.jpg Tynecastle Stadium 2007.jpg
Hibernian Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Easter Road Caledonian Stadium[7]
Capacity: 16,531[8] Capacity: 7,500[9]
Easter Road 2010.JPG Caledonianstadium.jpg
Kilmarnock Livingston Motherwell Rangers
Rugby Park Almondvale Stadium Fir Park Ibrox Stadium
Capacity: 17,889[10] Capacity: 10,016[11] Capacity: 13,677[12] Capacity: 50,817[13]
Rugby Park.jpg Almondvale Stadium.jpg Fir Park, Motherwell. - geograph.org.uk - 219204.jpg Ibrox Inside.jpg

Personnel[]

Team Manager
Aberdeen Scotland Jimmy Calderwood
Celtic Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill
Dundee Scotland Jim Duffy
Dundee United Scotland Gordon Chisholm
Dunfermline Athletic Scotland Jim Leishman
Heart of Midlothian Scotland Steven Pressley
Scotland John McGlynn (joint caretakers)
Hibernian England Tony Mowbray
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Scotland Craig Brewster
Kilmarnock Scotland Jim Jefferies
Livingston Scotland Richard Gough
Motherwell England Terry Butcher
Rangers Scotland Alex McLeish

Managerial changes[]

Team Outgoing manager Date of vacancy Manner of departure Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Aberdeen Scotland Steve Paterson 24 May 2004 Sacked Pre-season Scotland Jimmy Calderwood 28 May 2004
Dunfermline Athletic Scotland Jimmy Calderwood 28 May 2004 Signed by Aberdeen Scotland David Hay 17 June 2004
Livingston Scotland David Hay 1 June 2004 Contract Expired Scotland Allan Preston 4 June 2004
Heart of Midlothian Scotland Craig Levein 29 October 2004 Signed by Leicester City 6th Scotland John Robertson 3 November 2004
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Scotland John Robertson 3 November 2004 Signed by Heart of Midlothian 9th Scotland Craig Brewster 25 November 2004
Livingston Scotland Allan Preston 25 November 2004 Sacked 12th Scotland Richard Gough 30 November 2004
Dundee United Scotland Ian McCall 14 March 2005 Sacked 12th Scotland Gordon Chisholm 14 March 2005 (interim)
14 May 2005 (permanent)
Dunfermline Athletic Scotland David Hay 3 May 2005 Sacked 12th Scotland Jim Leishman 3 May 2005
Heart of Midlothian Scotland John Robertson 9 May 2005 Sacked 5th Scotland Steven Pressley
Scotland John McGlynn (joint caretakers)
11 May 2005

League table[]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation[a]
1 Rangers 38 29 6 3 77 22 +55 93 Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
2 Celtic 38 30 2 6 85 35 +50 92 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
3 Hibernian 38 18 7 13 64 57 +7 61 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round
4 Aberdeen 38 18 7 13 44 39 +5 61
5 Heart of Midlothian 38 13 11 14 43 41 +2 50
6 Motherwell 38 13 9 16 46 49 −3 48
7 Kilmarnock 38 15 4 19 49 55 −6 49
8 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 38 11 11 16 41 47 −6 44
9 Dundee United 38 8 12 18 41 59 −18 36 Qualification for the UEFA Cup second qualifying round[b]
10 Livingston 38 9 8 21 34 61 −27 35
11 Dunfermline Athletic 38 8 10 20 34 60 −26 34
12 Dundee 38 8 9 21 37 71 −34 33 Relegation to the Scottish First Division
Source: Scottish Professional Football League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
Notes:
  1. ^ Teams played each other three times (33 matches), before the league split into two groups (the top six and the bottom six) for the last five matches.
  2. ^ As Celtic, the 2004–05 Scottish Cup winners, qualified for the UEFA Champions League via their league position, the place in the UEFA Cup was passed onto Dundee United, the cup runners-up.

Top scorers[]

Scorer Club Goals
Wales John Hartson Celtic 25
Scotland Derek Riordan Hibernian 20
Spain Nacho Novo Rangers 19
Croatia Dado Pršo Rangers 18
Scotland Kris Boyd Kilmarnock 17
Australia Scott McDonald Motherwell 15
Scotland Garry O'Connor Hibernian 14
England Steve Lovell Dundee 12
England Chris Sutton Celtic 12
Scotland Darren Mackie Aberdeen 12
Bulgaria Stiliyan Petrov Celtic 11
Scotland Paul Hartley Hearts 11

Source: SPL official website

Attendances[]

The average attendances for SPL clubs during the 2004–05 season are shown below:

Team Average
Celtic 57,906
Rangers 48,676
Aberdeen 13,576
Hibernian 12,541
Hearts 12,219
Dundee United 8,210
Motherwell 6,960
Dundee 6,879
Dunfermline Athletic 6,192
Kilmarnock 5,930
Livingston 5,157
Inverness CT 4,067

Source: SPL official website

Monthly awards[]

Month Manager Player Young Player
August Scotland Jimmy Calderwood (Aberdeen) England Alan Thompson (Celtic) Scotland Alexander Diamond (Aberdeen)
September England Terry Butcher (Motherwell) Australia Scott McDonald (Motherwell) Scotland Derek Riordan (Hibernian)
October Scotland John Robertson (Inverness CT) Netherlands Fernando Ricksen (Rangers) Scotland Steven Fletcher (Hibernian)
November Scotland Alex McLeish (Rangers) Spain Nacho Novo (Rangers) Scotland Derek Riordan (Hibernian)
December England Tony Mowbray (Hibernian) Republic of Ireland Aiden McGeady (Celtic) Scotland Derek Riordan (Hibernian)
January Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill (Celtic) England Chris Sutton (Celtic) Scotland Derek Riordan (Hibernian)
February Scotland Alex McLeish (Rangers) Croatia Dado Pršo (Rangers) Scotland Lee Miller (Hearts)
March Scotland Craig Brewster (Inverness CT) Wales Craig Bellamy (Celtic) Republic of Ireland Aiden McGeady (Celtic)
April Scotland Gordon Chisholm (Dundee United) South Africa Burton O'Brien (Livingston) Scotland Lee Miller (Hearts)
May England Tony Mowbray (Hibernian) Croatia Dado Pršo (Rangers) Scotland Derek Riordan (Hibernian)

References[]

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  6. ^ "Heart of Midlothian Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Archived from the original on 2013-10-22. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  7. ^ Inverness played their first fourteen home fixtures at Pittodrie Stadium, while the Caledonian Stadium was expanded.
  8. ^ "Hibernian Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Kilmarnock Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  11. ^ "Livingston Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  12. ^ "Motherwell Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Rangers Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 4 November 2015.