SPFL: A Look Back at 2013

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SPFL: A Look Back at 2013
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It's been a year of change in Scottish football.

Managers came and went, trophies were won anew, fresh talent was unearthed and a re-branding throughout the professional ranks gave birth to the Scottish Premiership.

Despite being easily dispatched from Europe by Juventus, in the league Celtic retained their top-flight crown by Apriltaking them to 44 titlesand added a 36th Scottish Cup to their trophy haul.

At the opposite end of the domestic hierarchy, St Mirren lifted the League Cup for the first time in their history in March after a thrilling 3-2 win over Hearts.

The Jambos had bigger worries than simply missing out on silverware, though, with the gut-wrenching, yet expected, announcement of administration coming just three months later bringing with it a 15-point deduction for the start of this season, which has all but condemned them to Championship football next year.

With the sales of Gary Hooper and Victor Wanyama during the summer, Celtic had promptly lost both their top scorer and midfield linchpin shortly after winning the double. The Scottish game appeared to weaken even further after the departure of Hibs' on-loan, and on-fire, front man Leigh Griffiths back to Wolves and Johnny Russell's move from Dundee United to Derby County.

But standards have been maintained from various sources, both old and new. A return to the Scottish game for the SPL's top goalscorer, Kris Boyd, has started paying dividends this year, as has the emergence of a plethora of talented youngsters under Jackie McNamara at Dundee United.

Here, we take a look at some of the more notable footballing events and statistics from the calendar year 2013 in the Scottish Premiership.

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