Since it’s conception in 1998 a complete of seventeen football clubs have competed in the Scottish Premier League, but only two of them have won the championship title, these are Celtic – six times, and Rangers – four times.
The Scottish League system is devised of four leagues, The Scottish Premier League, First Division, Second Division and Third Division. The inception of the Scottish Premier League came into being following an earlier example in England where that they had created an identical Premier League, the decision to follow suit was fuelled by way of a desire on the list of top level clubs to retain more of the revenue generated by the overall game. Prior to the creation of the Scottish Premier League, sponsorship money was divided proportionally between clubs in all the divisions of league football, after the Premier League was formed this was no longer the case plus they now receive a larger proportion of revenue due partly to better television broadcast deals.
You can find twelve teams in the Scottish Premier League, plus they play in a ‘split league format’ through the growing season. What this means is that all team plays every other team three times – either two home games and one away game, or one home game and two away games bringing it to a total of thirty three games per team. Then your division is split with the top six teams and the bottom six teams going on to play a further five matches against other teams in their half of the league, taking the full total games played by each team to 38 matches. This implies that as the top teams matches tend to be harder to win, the seventh team in the league (the team at the top of the second 1 / 2 of the league), often has more points than the teams who place fifth and sixth because of their final five games being easier.
Points are scored through the growing season on a win/draw/lose basis with three points being awarded for a win, one point for a draw, and no points for a lost game. It really is these points which determine the positioning in the league for the first part of the season, and within each half for the next the main season. The team near the top of the league table by the end of the season win the championship. The team in the bottom of the table are relegated to the Scottish First Division, and the most notable team from the Scottish First Division are promoted into the Premier League in their place. Occasionally the team at the top of the Scottish First Division don’t meet the requirements regarding their stadium, in which particular case, no relegation or promotion occurs that year.