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1998–99 in Scottish football
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Premier League champions
Rangers
First Division champions
Hibernian
Second Division champions
Livingston
Third Division champions
Ross County
Scottish Cup winners
Rangers
League Cup winners
Rangers
Junior Cup winners
Kilwinning Rangers
Teams in Europe
Celtic, Heart of Midlothian, Kilmarnock, Rangers
Scotland national team
2002 World Cup qualification

The 1998–99 season was the 102nd season of Scottish league football.

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League Competitions

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Scottish Premier League

Summary

The 1998–99 SPL season was one that ended in success for Rangers. Dutchman Dick Advocaat was brought in to replace Walter Smith at Rangers and made major changes, bringing in many players.

Rangers were comfortable for most of the season, being top for most of it. Their main low of the season was a 5–1 defeat to Celtic at Parkhead. After beating Aberdeen 3–1 at Ibrox on the 25th of April, Rangers had a chance to clinch the title at Parkhead on the 2nd of May. Rangers had never won the league at Parkhead before, but Celtic had won the league at Ibrox in the past.

Rangers did what they wanted to do with a 3–0 victory. 2 goals from Neil McCann and a Jorg Albertz penalty gave Rangers their 100th league victory over Celtic. The match was overshadowed by the controversy during and after the game. 3 players were sent off and referee Hugh Dallas was hit by a coin thrown from the Celtic end.[1]

Rangers were presented with the trophy the following week at home to Hearts. The match ended 0–0. Dunfermline Athletic were relegated to the First Division.

Table

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Rangers 36 23 8 5 78 31 47 77 UEFA Champions League 1999–2000 Second qualifying round
2 Celtic 36 21 8 7 84 35 49 71 UEFA Cup 1999-00 Qualifying round
3 St. Johnstone 36 15 12 9 39 38 1 57 UEFA Cup 1999-00 Qualifying round
4 Kilmarnock 36 14 14 8 47 29 18 56 UEFA Cup 1999-00 Qualifying round
5 Dundee 36 13 7 16 36 56 −20 46
6 Heart of Midlothian 36 11 9 16 44 50 −6 42
7 Motherwell 36 10 11 15 35 54 −19 41
8 Aberdeen 36 10 7 19 43 71 −28 37
9 Dundee United 36 8 10 18 37 48 −9 34
10 Dunfermline Athletic 36 4 16 16 28 59 −31 28 Relegated to First Division 1999-00

Scottish First Division

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Hibernian 36 28 5 3 84 33 51 89
Promoted to Scottish Premier League 1999-00
2 Falkirk 36 20 6 10 60 38 22 66
3 Ayr United 36 19 5 12 66 42 24 62
4 Airdrieonians 36 18 5 13 42 43 −1 59
5 St. Mirren 36 14 10 12 42 43 −1 52
6 Greenock Morton 36 14 7 15 45 41 4 49
7 Clydebank 36 11 13 12 36 38 −2 46
8 Raith Rovers 36 8 11 17 37 57 −20 35
9 Hamilton Academical 36 6 10 20 30 62 −32 28
Relegated to Second Division 1999-00
10 Stranraer 36 5 2 29 29 74 −45 17

Scottish Second Division

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Livingston 36 22 11 3 64 35 29 77
Promoted to First Division 1999-00
2 Inverness CT 36 21 9 6 80 48 32 72
3 Clyde 36 15 8 13 46 42 2 53
4 Queen of the South 36 13 9 14 50 45 5 48
5 Alloa Athletic 36 13 7 16 65 56 9 46
6 Stirling Albion 36 12 8 16 50 63 −13 44
7 Arbroath 36 12 8 16 37 52 −15 44
8 Partick Thistle 36 12 7 17 36 45 −9 43
9 East Fife 36 12 6 18 42 64 −24 42
Relegated to Third Division 1999-00
10 Forfar Athletic 36 8 7 21 48 68 −20 31

Scottish Third Division

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Ross County 36 24 5 7 87 42 45 77
Promoted to Second Division 1999-00
2 Stenhousemuir 36 19 7 10 62 42 20 64
3 Brechin City 36 17 7 12 47 44 3 58
4 Dumbarton 36 16 9 11 53 40 13 57
5 Berwick Rangers 36 12 14 10 53 49 4 50
6 Queen's Park 36 11 11 14 41 46 −5 44
7 Albion Rovers 36 12 8 16 43 63 −20 44
8 East Stirlingshire 36 9 13 14 50 48 2 40
9 Cowdenbeath 36 9 6 21 35 65 −30 33
10 Montrose 36 8 6 22 42 74 −32 30

Other honours

Cup honours

The Scottish League Cup (CIS Insurance Cup) began in August and ended in November. Eventual winners Rangers defeated Alloa Athletic, Ayr United and Airdrieonians en route to the final which was held at Celtic Park. Rangers defeated SPL side St. Johnstone 2–1 to give Dick Advocaat his first trophy as Rangers manager.

The (Tennents) Scottish Cup began in January and ended in May. Eventual winners Rangers defeated Stenhousemuir, Hamilton Academical, Falkirk and St. Johnstone en route the final. At the new Hampden Park, Rangers met Old Firm rivals Celtic. A Rod Wallace goal clinched a domestic treble for Rangers in Dick Advocaat's first season as manager.

Competition Winner Score Runner-up
Scottish Cup 1998–99 Rangers 1 – 0 Celtic
League Cup 1998–99 Rangers 2 – 1 St. Johnstone
Youth Cup Celtic 4 – 0 Dundee
Junior Cup Kilwinning Rangers 1 – 0 Kelty Hearts
Challenge Cup No competition

Individual honours

SPFA awards

Award Winner Club
Players' Player of the Year Sweden Henrik Larsson Celtic
Young Player of the Year Scotland Barry Ferguson Rangers

SFWA awards

Award Winner Club
Footballer of the Year Sweden Henrik Larsson Celtic
Young Player of the Year Unknown Unknown
Manager of the Year Netherlands Dick Advocaat Rangers

Scottish clubs in Europe

Club Competition(s) Final round Coef.
Celtic UEFA Champions League
UEFA Cup
Second qualifying round
Second round
7.50
Heart of Midlothian UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round 3.00
Rangers UEFA Cup Third round 10.50
Kilmarnock UEFA Cup Second qualifying round 1.50

Average coefficient - 5.625

Scotland national team

Date Venue Opponents Score[2] Competition Scotland scorer(s)
5 September Zalgirio Stadionas, Vilnius (A) Lithuania Lithuania 0–0 WCQG6
10 October Tyencastle Park, Edinburgh (A) Estonia Estonia 3–2 WCQG6 Billy Dodds (2), Sergei Hohlov-Simson (o.g.)
14 October Pittodrie, Aberdeen (H) Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 2–1 WCQG6 Billy Dodds, Craig Burley
31 March Celtic Park, Glasgow (H) Czech Republic Czech Republic 1–2 WCQG6 Eoin Jess
28 April Weserstadion, Bremen (A) Germany Germany 1–0 Friendly Don Hutchison
5 June Svangaskarð, Toftir (A) Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 1–1 WCQG6 Allan Johnston
9 June Sparta Stadion, Prague (A) Czech Republic Czech Republic 2–3 WCQG6 Paul Ritchie, Allan Johnston

Key:

  • (A) = Away match
  • (H) = Home match
  • WCQG6 = World Cup Qualifying - Group 6

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Rangers make history out of chaos". BBC Sport. 1999-05-03. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/sport/football/scottish_premier/334094.stm. Retrieved 2007-06-09.  
  2. ^ Scotland's score is shown first.

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