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Sunday 1st June 2008

Season review 2001/02

Celtic retained their title, losing only once all season, as SPL newcomers Livingston finished third

Celtic lost only one league game all season and ran out worthy winners of the Bank of Scotland Premierleague.  Martin O'Neill's side clinched their first back-to-back title triumphs in 20 years, effectively ending Dick Advocat's success story at Rangers. The Dutchman stepped aside to allow for one of Scotland's brightest managers, Alex McLeish, to take over during the course of the season.

SPL newcomer's Livingston impressed and cemented their place in the SPL with a phenomenal third place finish, after a closely contested battle with Aberdeen.

Despite the hardships of previous seasons Aberdeen's persistence with young home grown players was beginning to show on the park.  Young players like Kevin McNaughton, Darren Young, Derek Young, Darren Mackie, Philip McGuire and Russell Anderson were all regulars in one of the most successful Aberdeen sides of recent years.

Hearts manager Craig Levein also attracted praise for his role in helping to bring through several youngsters into the Hearts first team.

There was an impressive amount of young talent to appear in the SPL during the 2001-02 season.  Hearts duo Stephen Simmons and Andy Webster, Kilmarnock pairing Kris Boyd and Steven Murray at Kilmarnock and Hibernian youngsters Garry O'Connor and Derek Riordan all made their mark on the SPL.

Bank of Scotland Premierleague Champions: Celtic
Tennents Scottish Cup Winners: Rangers
CIS Insurance Cup Winners: Rangers
SPFA Player of the Year: Lorenzo Amoruso
SPFA Young Player of the Year: Kevin McNaughton
SFWA Player of the Year: Paul Lambert

European qualification