Premiership 2016/17: Landmarks that will not be forgotten

first_imgAs the final drops of confetti fall on Celtic Park, we draw the curtain on another exciting campaign. Season 2016/17 will be remembered for many things. Celtic winning six-in-a-row, Rangers’ return to the top flight and Inverness Caley Thistle managing to drag out the relegation battle until the final day were just some of the big stories across the country.But what about the numbers? We look back on the landmark moments that will enter the history books and keep the campaign alive in our memories for many years to come.Adam Rooney has been prolific since signing for the Dons. SNS Group Adam Rooney became the first Aberdeen player since Joe Harper in the late 1970s to score 20 or more goals in three consecutive seasons. The striker finished on 20, with 12 in the league, three in the Europa League qualifiers, three in the Scottish Cup and two in the League Cup. He also scored 20 last season and managed 28 the year before.Celtic lifted the Premiership trophy after beating Hearts. SNSThe champions enjoyed record after record as the season drew to a close. The 2-0 win over Hearts secured the Invincibles tag as they went the full season unbeaten. They finished on 106 points, their best tally yet, bettering Martin O’Neill’s record in 2001 when the side reached 103. They also scored a record number of goals this season, hitting home 106 and conceding just 25. And if that wasn’t enough, their 34 victories in one league season was also a club record. They hit the 100-point mark when they beat Aberdeen 3-1 at Pittodrie on May 12 and Leigh Griffiths scored their 100th goal of the season against Partick Thistle the following week.Paul Hartley was sacked after a poor run of form. SNS GroupDundee avoided breaking a record that has not been touched in more than a hundred years at the club. In March and April they lost seven consecutive league games under Paul Hartley. Had they made it eight it would have been their worst run since 1898, when Queen Victoria was on the throne. They avoided the embarrassing landmark with a 3-2 win over Motherwell when Neil McCann took charge. Hamilton avoid automatic relegation on the last day of the season. SNS GroupHamilton Accies saved the best to last, producing their biggest victory of the season on the closing day. It was Survival Saturday and they had to better Inverness Caley Thiste’s result to avoid automatic relegation. They cruised to a 4-0 win over Dundee to secure 11th spot in the table and while it may still not guarantee their top-flight status it gives them another two games to fight for their lives. Their biggest victory before Saturday was a 3-0 win over Caley Thistle in January. They also beat St Mirren by the same scoreline in the League Cup at the start of the season.Hearts slumped to a Scottish Cup defeat against Hibs. SNSBefore Robbie Neilson left Hearts they had only lost three of their 15 league games, winning seven and drawing five. He had been undefeated in 87% of his matches but left the club to join MK Dons at the start of December. Since Ian Cathro came in they have lost 13 of their 22 matches, winning just five and drawing four. That means he is undefeated in 41% of his matches, a run that’s more than half Neilson’s record. Neilson picked up 26 points while Cathro has only won 19. Jon Daly was in charge for one game and won one point in the 2-2 draw with Ross County.Cathro also lost to Hibs in the Scottish Cup, with their Edinburgh rivals coming back on to the Premiership scene next season.Lee McCulloch steered Kilmarnock to safety. SNS GroupKilmarnock secured their Premiership status for the 25th consecutive season when they beat Inverness Caley Thistle 2-1 in May. They avoided the drop on the final day of the campaign last season in the play-off final against Falkirk but finished this campaign with a lot more room to breathe under interim manager Lee McCulloch’s stewardship. Killie were promoted to the top flight in 1993 when they finished as runners-up to Raith Rovers.Inverness manager endured an agonising season. SNSInverness have broken their own club record for conceding the most goals over the course of one season. They let in 71 over 38 league games, scoring just 44 at the other end. It was another downer at the end of a bad season under Richie Foran for the side relegated to the Championship. Before this they conceded 62 in season 2007/08 in the top flight under Craig Brewster. James McFadden celebrates with is teammates. SNSMotherwell finished ninth in the table having won ten league games this season. They matched this poor run in 2006/07 when they finished tenth in the league and 2014/15 when they had to go through the play-offs to avoid relegation. In 1895 they won only five games and finished eighth in the table but that was when they only played 18 games in a season.Kris Doolan after Partick Thistle secured their top six place. SNSPartick Thistle booked their place in the top six of the Premiership with a 1-0 victory over Motherwell at Firhill. It guaranteed the Jags’ highest league finish since 1980/81, when Peter Cormack led them to sixth place. It was also the first time they’d made the top half of the split since it was introduced almost two decades ago. During this run of form they also went on an unbeaten run of eight league matches, their best run in the top flight since October to November 1977. Kenny Miller scored two in 3-0 win at Pittodrie. SNSRangers’ biggest away win of the season came at Pittodrie when they beat Aberdeen 3-0. It was also their biggest away league win since they defeated Dumbarton 6-0 in January 2016, a match in which Kenny Miller scored a hat-trick. Rangers were the only team to go to Pittodrie and win by three goals this season. Celtic scored three but conceded one and Motherwell scored two… but subsequently conceded seven. Liam Boyce was on fire this season. SNSLiam Boyce finished as top goalscorer in the Premiership with 23 goals. He beat off competition from Celtic’s Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele who finished second and third, with 21 and 17 goals, respectively. Stuart Armstrong finished equal fourth with Motherwell’s Louis Moult, both scoring 15 goals. It’s the first time the league’s top scorer is from a club that finished in the bottom half of the table. Last season he netted 15 times for the Staggies.Hibs-bound Danny Swanson secured European football for another season at McDiarmid Park. SNS GroupSt Johnstone booked their place in the Europa League qualifiers for the fifth time in six seasons. The 1-0 home win over Partick Thistle in May secured a top four finish at they’ll now go into the first qualifying round at the end of June. The Perth club had only twice qualified for Europe before 2012 but they’ve since went on to have an almost annual adventure.last_img read more