Scot D1 RESULTS 0403724 March ~ Scottish clubs have played each other more than twice a season since a ten-team Premier League was launched in 1975-76, with the aim of improving the standard of competition. While the top sides did tend to have lot of easy games in an 18-team league they could still come unstuck against modest opposition.

Rangers' 11 defeats this season included losing at home to Morton and bottom club Dunfermline. They finished third, 16 points behind champions Celtic. The goals in their win at Kilmarnock came from full-back Sandy Jardine and midfielder Alfie Conn, who later played for Celtic after a spell with Spurs.

This was Celtic's seventh successive title, part of a record nine in a row which was to be matched by Rangers from 1988-89 onwards. Both of the goals in their defeat of Ayr Utd were scored by John "Dixie" Deans who finished as the club's top scorer on 19, two ahead of 20-year-old Kenny Dalglish. Deans scored a hat-trick in the Scottish Cup final in which Hibs were thrashed 6-1, but he missed the decisive penalty when Celtic lost 5-4 to Inter in a shootout in the European Cup semi-final.

Aberdeen kept pace with Celtic with a run of nine wins in ten games in the autumn but they won only one of the last five matches and finished ten points behind the champions. Striker Joe Harper was the league's top scorer with 33 goals. He joined Everton later in 1972 but returned home after 18 months. A regular scorer throughout his career, Harper only won four caps for Scotland, one of which was in the 1978 World Cup finals.

Partick Thistle took the season's other major trophy, beating Celtic 4-1 in the League Cup final. Their goals against Aberdeen were scored by midfielder Ronnie Glavin, later a cult favourite at Barnsley, and left-back Alex Forsyth, who subsequently joined Man Utd. Partick's keeper Alan Rough was to be Scotland's No 1 for nearly a decade.

Clyde took the second relegation spot, two points ahead of Dunfermline, after drawing five of their last six games. For their nearest rivals East Fife a 1-0 win at St Johnstone in the penultimate match proved decisive. Clyde were promoted back straight away but 1974-75 was their last season to date at the top level. In 1994 they quit their ground in Shawfield, south Glasgow, for the new town of Cumbernauld.

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