Scottish Premiership is the top tier in the Scottish Championship league system. Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) was established in 2013 after a merger of the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Football League.
Founded: 2013 (1890)
Scottish Football League (1890–93)
Scottish Football League Division One (1893–1946)
Scottish Football League Division 'A' (1946–1955)
Scottish Football League Division One (1955–1975)
Scottish Football League Premier Division (1975–98)
Scottish Premier League (1998–2013)
Scottish Premiership (2013-)
Most championships: Rangers (54)
Scottish Championship is a relative new league, but it should be seen as the new name of an old league, one of the oldest actually. The original Scottish Football League was inaugurated in 1890 (which could be compared with the English Football League founded in 1888).
In 1893, the league started to allow professional players and a second division was also established. Until 1946 the top-flight was called Division One, when it changed to Division A for nine seasons until it became Division One again. In 1975, the name of the top-flight once again change its name, this time to Premier Division.
The Scottish league would change name to Scottish Football Premier League in 1975 and since 2013 the first division has been called Scottish Premiership.
The easiest way to refer to historical records and statistics is the call the league Scottish Championship, which include all names and versions since 1890.
Scottish Premiership is the top level of the Scottish Professional Football League The second division is since 2013 known as Scottish Championship (previously the first level in Scottish Football League). An overview of the current national league system is presented in table 1.
|Scottish League One||3|
|Scottish League Two||4|
|Highland / Lowland Football League||5|
Below the fourth tier, the league is played on a semi-professional level and divided in regions. The fight tier consists of Highland Football League and Lowland Football League.
Teams with most titles
Statistics of all Scottish clubs that have won the top division between 1890 and 2023.
|Heart of Midlothian||4||1857-58|
In addition, Airdrieonians (dissolved in 2002) and Falkirk have been runners-up, four and tow times respectively.
Third Lanark AC was dissolved in 1962.
Teams with most titles in the 2000s
Statistics of the Scottish clubs that have won the top division between 2000 and 2020.
In the historic struggle between the two superior clubs, Celtic have got the upper hand in the current millennia. This is partly due to the Rangers liquidation in 2012.
Teams with most league participation
Statistics of the Scottish clubs that have participated more than 100 times in the national top division during the period 1890-2020.
Since the first season of Scottish Premiership, in total 16 clubs have participating in top division of the league.
Capacity of Scottish Premiership stadiums
The capacity of all Scottish Premiership club stadiums. Celtic and Rangers have by far the biggest stadiums.
|Hamilton Academical||New Douglas Park||5,510|
|Heart of Midlothian||Tynecastle Park||20,099|
|St Johnstone||McDiarmid Park||10,696|
|St Mirren||St Mirren Park||8,023|
By Oscar Anderson
Scottish Premiership timeline
1890 Scottish Football League (predecessor to Scottish Premiership) is established.
1939 The ongoing season is abandoned due to the WWII.
1946 The league is restored after the war.
1994 From the 1994-95 season, wins are awarded three points instead of two.
2013 The league is renamed as Scottish Premiership.