The Scottish Premier League, currently known as the Clydesdale Bank Premier League for sponsorship reasons and often known as the Scottish Premier League, Premier League or SPL is a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top level of the Scottish football league system - above the Scottish Football League. Per capita, more people in Scotland watch their domestic top level league than any other nation in Europe. The Scottish Premier League is currently ranked twelfth in the UEFA rankings of European leagues, which are based on the performances of member clubs in European competitions. The current champions of Scotland and holders of the SPL title are Celtic. For an overview of who plays where in Scotland, go to Footiemap.com to view their excellent overview of Scottish football.
Aberdeen - Pittordrie Stadium - 22,200 All Seater. Aberdeen were for so long on the verge of breaking the old firm monopoly, but just failed to build on the European Cup Winners Cup success under Alex Ferguson in the early 1980's. They did have the first ever all seater stadium in the UK.
Celtic - Celtic Park. Capacity - 60,506 All Seater. The most successful club in Scottish football over recent years and continuing to fly the flag in the Champions League latter stages. - Click here for details on football in Glasgow
Dundee United - Tannadice Park - 14,200 All Seater Another club that was on the verge of breaking the Celtic / Rangers monopoly in the mid 1980's. They also pulled off some amazing victories in Europe including beating Barcelona in the Nou Camp. A point of trivia is that they have the closest rivallry with any other club in the world - located within a hundred yards from neighbours Dundee FC - see photo on the left.
Falkirk - The Community Stadium - Capacity 10,000 Located in the small town of Falkirk north west of Edinburgh, the club are going through an extended run in the Premier League. They are currently rebuilding their stadium, and are halfway through the work.
Hamilton Academicals - New Douglas Park Capacity: 5,300 all seater. Promoted last year after the expiry of Gretna, the club from just outside Glasgow will struggle this season but will undoubtably enjoy the experience.
Heart of Midlothian - Tynecastle Capacity: 18,300 All Seater Last season Hearts set out their stall early on and through some shrewd management through George Burley it looked very promising. However some heavy handed involvement at board level saw Burley, and the team collapse after Christmas.
Hibernian - Easter Road Stadium Capacity: 17,500 All Seater City rivals of Hearts in Edinburgh, although they have not enjoyed the success that they should have done. One of the most atmospheric stadiums in Scotland when full.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle - Tulloch Caledonian Stadium - Capacity: 7,500 All Seater. Before Gretna, Inverness were the success story of Scottish football, rising from the non-league to Premier League in less than 7 years. They have more than held their own over the past few seasons. They are the second most northerly located club in the United Kingdom.
Kilmarnock - Rugby Park Capacity: 18,220 All Seater Now a regular feature in the Premier League. Have rarely troubled the top of the table, although did play in the UEFA Cup in the last few season. Their stadium is one of the Scottish FA's favourites for U21 internationals.
Motherwell - Fir Park Capacity: 13,742 All Seater Never able to challenge the top of the table, similar to Kilmarnock but have enjoyed some cup success. The stadium has a massive imbalanced look with the huge Motorola stadium towering above the rest of the ground.
Rangers - Ibrox Stadium Capacity: 51, 082 All Seater The most successful club side in the world with over 100 domestic honours, although recent success has been thin on the ground. They have taken a back seat in the past few seasons to Celtic, especially in terms of European Football where they have consistently failed to make it past the Champions Lague Group Stages. Click here for details on football in Glasgow
St. Mirren - St Mirren Park Capacity: 10,800 All Seater Located close to Glasgow Airport, and the newest members of the Premier League. They have tended to struggle in the Premier League in the past. St Mirren, were previously in the SPL for one season during 2000/2001, having won promotion the previous season but were relegated the at the end of the 2000/2001 season. Currently they are the only club to be relegated after just one SPL season after promotion, but are also the only club to have managed to be promoted into the SPL twice. Dunfermline Athletic are the only club to have been relegated twice.
Pictures courtosey of WorldStadiums.com except Celtic Park