The 2001–02 season was the 105th season of competitive football in Scotland. [2]

Key events

Celtic, domestic treble winners a year earlier, retain their Premier League title.[3]

After failing to win anything the previous season, Rangers won the FA Cup and League Cup under their new manager Alex McLeish.[4]

Airdrieonians, who narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League as First Division runners-up, went out of business of 1 May with debts of nearly £3million.[5] Later that month, however, a new club representing the town of Airdrie - Airdrie United - was formed, with ambitions of gaining Scottish league status for the 2002–03 season.[6]

Livingston, in the Premier League for the first time, finished third and qualified for the UEFA Cup. Livingston, who were known as Meadowbank Thistle until relocating from Edinburgh to Livingston in 1995 and played their first season in their new location as a Third Division club.[7]

Falkirk avoided relegation from the First Division and Stenhousemuir avoided relegation from the Second as a result of the league losing a member. The vacant place in the Third Division was occupied by Gretna, who until then had played in the English non-league system.[8]

Despite Gretna beating Airdrie United to the vacant league place, Airdrie United still gained a league place for the 2002–03 season – in the Second Division – as they bought out the debt-ridden club Clydebank.[9]

Queen of the South won the Second Division league title for the first time in 51-years since they won the Division B league title in season 1950-51. These were the only two occasions that the Dumfries club had won a league title in their history, that was up until they won their third ever league title in season 2012–13, when they won the Second Division once again. [10]

League Competitions

Scottish Premier League

The 2001–02 Scottish Premier League was won by Celtic. Rangers finished second and therefore qualified for a UEFA Champions League place alongside Celtic. Livingston, in their debut season in Scotland's top division, qualified for the UEFA Cup along with Aberdeen. St Johnstone were relegated to the First Division.

PTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1Celtic3833419418+76103UEFA Champions League 2002–03 Third qualifying round
2Rangers38251038227+5585UEFA Cup 2002–03 First round
3Livingston381610125047+358UEFA Cup 2002–03 Qualifying round
4Aberdeen38167155149+255UEFA Cup 2002–03 Qualifying round
5Heart of Midlothian38146185257−548
6Dunfermline Athletic38129174164−2345
8Dundee United381210163859−2146
12St Johnstone3856272462−3821Relegated to First Division 2002-03

Scottish First Division

PTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1Partick Thistle36199861382366Promoted to 2002–03 Scottish Premier League
2Airdrieonians3615111059401956Went into liquidation and resigned from the league
3Ayr United361313105344952
4Ross County361410125143852
6Inverness CT36139146051948
8St Mirren361112134353−1045
9Falkirk36109174973−2439Reprieved from relegation
10Raith Rovers36811175062−1235
Relegated to Second Division 2002-03

Scottish Second Division

PTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1Queen of the South36207964422267
Promoted To First Division 2002-03
2Alloa Athletic361514755332259
3Forfar Athletic36158135147453
4Clydebank36149134445−151League place purchased by Airdrie United;
reformed in Central League Division Two
5Hamilton Academical36139144944548
6Berwick Rangers361211134452−847
9Stenhousemuir36812163357−2436Reprieved from relegation
10Greenock Morton36714154863−1535
Relegated to Third Division 2002-03

Scottish Third Division

1Brechin City36227767382973Promoted to Second Division 2002-03
3Albion Rovers362211951321959
6Elgin City36138154547−247
7East Stirlingshire36124205158−740
8East Fife36117183956−3240
9Stirling Albion36910174568−2337
10Queen's Park3698193853−1535

Other honours

Cup honours

Scottish Cup 2001–02Rangers3 – 2CelticWikipedia article
League Cup 2001–02Rangers4 – 0Ayr UnitedWikipedia article
Challenge Cup 2001–02Airdrieonians2 – 1Alloa AthleticWikipedia article
Youth CupRangers4 – 2Ayr United
Junior CupLinlithgow Rose1 – 0Auchinleck Talbot

Individual honours

SPFA awards

Players' Player of the YearItaly Lorenzo AmorusoRangers
Young Player of the YearScotland Kevin McNaughtonAberdeen

SFWA awards

Footballer of the YearScotland Paul LambertCeltic
Young Player of the YearScotland James McFaddenMotherwell
Manager of the YearNorthern Ireland Martin O'NeillCeltic

Scottish clubs in Europe

ClubCompetition(s)Final roundCoef.
CelticUEFA Champions League
Group stage
Third round
RangersUEFA Champions League
Third qualifying round
Fourth round
KilmarnockUEFA CupFirst round3.00
HibernianUEFA CupFirst round2.00

Average coefficient -

Scotland national team

DateVenueOpponentsScoreCompetitionScotland scorer(s)Report
1 SeptemberHampden Park, Glasgow (H) Croatia0–0WCQG6
5 SeptemberStade Roi Baudouin, Brussels (A) Belgium0–2WCQG6
6 OctoberHampden Park, Glasgow (H) Latvia2–1WCQG6Dougie Freedman, David Weir
27 MarchStade de France, Saint-Denis (A) France0–5Friendly
17 AprilPittodrie, Aberdeen (H) Nigeria1–2FriendlyChristian Dailly
16 MayAsiad Main Stadium, Busan (A) South Korea1–4FriendlyScott Dobie
20 MayMongkok Stadium, Hong Kong (N) South Africa0–2Friendly


  • (H) = Home match
  • (A) = Away match
  • WCQG6 = World Cup Qualifying - Group 6