Celtic league highlights are returning to Saturday nights on BBC Scotland for the first time in 18 years, the broadcaster has announced this week.

Starting August 1st, there will now be two Scottish Premiership highlights shows, one each on a Saturday and Sunday evening.

Like Match of the Day in England, Saturday night was once the traditional home of Scottish football highlights.


However, as new TV deals came into play and other broadcasters were given priority, the BBC quickly had to make do with lesser slots.

Scottish top-flight matches have not been shown on BBC channels on a Saturday since way back in 2002.

For years Sportscene has been passed around from abnormal hour to abnormal hour.

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Now, fans can once again look forward to seeing their team in person then on normal telly on the same day.

The Saturday show will air on BBC Scotland, while the usual Sunday offering will continue on BBC One Scotland.

It’s not yet clear whether the programme will be given the option of airing more comprehensive highlights than the shortened versions they have been obliged to stick to in recent years.

BBC Scotland headquarters

BBC Scotland headquarters / (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

That, coupled with perceived poor punditry, has sullied the reputation of the highlights broadcast for some.

However, former pros such as Michael Stewart have emerged to offer forthright and honest views on the state of the game in Scotland.

It’ll be interesting to see what their plans are for next season.

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