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1997–98 in Scottish football

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1997–98 in Scottish football

The 1997–98 season was the 101st season of competitive football in Scotland. Celtic won the Premier Division championship, preventing rivals Rangers from winning a record 10th successive championship.


Scottish clubs in Europe

Average coefficient - 3.125

Scotland national team


  • (H) = Home match
  • (A) = Away match
  • WCQG4 = World Cup qualifying - Group 4
  • WCGA = World Cup - Group A
  • Notable events

  • After the end of the season, the 10 Premier Division clubs formed a breakaway Scottish Premier League similar to the one formed in England six years earlier.
  • Celtic won the Premier Division title after nine successive title wins by Rangers.
  • Walter Smith resigned as manager of Rangers after seven years to be succeeded by Dutchman Dick Advocaat.
  • Rangers lost the Scottish Cup final 2–1 to Hearts, leaving them without a major trophy for the first time since 1986.
  • Paul Gascoigne left Rangers in March to return to England in a £3.4million move to Middlesbrough.
  • Ally McCoist left Rangers after 15 years and more than 300 goals to sign for Kilmarnock on a free transfer.
  • Goalkeeper Andy Goram left Rangers after seven years, having just walked out of the Scotland squad for the World Cup in France.
  • Also leaving Rangers after seven years was Stuart McCall, who moved to England and signed for Bradford City.
  • After signing from Perugia in a £3.5million deal at the start of the season, Italian striker Marco Negri had a dream start to his career at Rangers - scoring 23 goals in his first 10 league games. However, after playing 27 league games and scoring 32 goals, his season was ended by a serious eye injury off the field in March.
  • Brian Laudrup ended his four-year spell with Rangers and signed for Chelsea at the end of the season.
  • References

    1997–98 in Scottish football Wikipedia

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