S.S.L. Season 183
The new season began as usual with the Summer Cup. St Johnstone were the surprise winners, defeating Celtic 2—1 in the final.
Reigning champions Aberdeen began the new season in superb form, winning their first 12 matches in succession, until a 1—1 draw at Dunfermline ended the run. Their first defeat came in match 19, a 2—1 loss at Ross County. However, they managed to maintain roughly a ten point lead over the contenders that were effectively fighting for a second place below them. Rangers and Motherwell were long the main candidates for that position, but Livingston put on a strong challenge in the latter part of the season. They were the in-form team for the latter stages and produced some impressive results in the process, including a 6—3 win against Kilmarnock and a 6—2 win away to Hearts.
With two matches left to play, Livingston were 5 points behind Aberdeen and the only team that could catch them. Motherwell were third on 53 points and Rangers and Dundee United, on 52 points, were looking to be out of even a place in Europe. Coincidentally, the final matches for Aberdeen and Livingston were to be against each other. Aberdeen just needed a draw from one of the two matches, but they took the title with a 3—2 win at home. They won the return as well 3—1 and finished on 68 points. It is their ninth title win.
Meanwhile, Rangers won their final two matches against Partick Thistle and thus clinched second place with 58 points. Motherwell and Dundee United were not, however, able to catch Livingston, who also qualified for Europe in third place. Celtic, who had performed mediochrely all season, fought back late on to steal fifth place from Dundee United.
At the bottom, Dunfermline had looked doomed to relegation from about a third of the way through the season. Dundee soon fell into a similar position and it was left to a fight between St Mirren, Partick Thistle and Hearts in the latter stages. Hearts rose to the challenge and defeated Kilmarnock home and away to escape the drop. Partick lost to Rangers and St Mirren only needed a draw to match Partick for points but with a much better goal difference. However, the Paisley side lost 2—0 at St Johnstone and thus went down.
(C) = League Champions; (ACW) = Albion Cup winners; (SCW) = Summer Cup winners; (O) = Play-off winners; (R) = Relegated; (p) = Promoted last season.
Ross County and St Johnstone overcame superior opposition in the semi-finals of the Albion Cup to reach the final. Ross County defeated Rangers 2—1, and St Johnstone overcame Motherwell. Ross County won the final 4—2 to record the club's second win in the competition. Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic put on the best performance of a non-league side, reaching the Quarter-Finals, where they certainly did not disgrace themselves by losing by only 1 goal to Rangers.
Albion Cup Bracket
St Johnstone were the surprise winners of the Summer Cup, defeating Celtic 2—1 in the final, after extra time. This was the Perth club's first win in the modern version of the tournament.
Summer Cup Bracket
Teams in Europe
AberdeenEuro-League Play-off Round: FC København (A) 1—0, (H) 1—1;
Euro-League Group Stage: Atalanta (A) 1—1, (H) 0—1, Atlético Madrid (H) 1—3 (A) 1—1, RB Leipzig (H) 2—4 (A) 0—0; Eliminated
HeartsEuro-League Play-off Round: AZ Alkmaar (A) 1—1, (H) 2—2; Eliminated on away goals, transferred to Euro-Cup 1st Round
Euro-Cup 1st Round: FC Porto (A) 1—5 (H) 2—2; Eliminated
DundeeEuro-Cup 1st Round: Lille OSC (A) 0—4 (H) 1—0; Eliminated
HibernianEuro-Cup 1st Round: AS Saint-Étienne (A) 0—2 (H) 1—1; Eliminated