Celtic supporters receive broadcast boost for crucial January fixture

By Euan Davidson

December 1, 2021

Celtic fans have received a broadcast boost from Sky Sports and the Scottish Premiership for a crucial meeting with Hearts in January.

The Bhoys head to Tynecastle on the 26th of January, the second game after the conclusion of the league’s winter break. And Sky Sports will be there to broadcast the game live [SPFL].

With a ruthless schedule at either end of the winter break, Celtic have 5 games between the 22nd of January and the 9th of February. Hearts, who face Celtic tomorrow night, have hosting duties when the two meet in the new year.

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That’ll be after a Scottish Cup fixture against Alloa, and before a chance for revenge against Dundee United at Celtic Park.

Sky Sports have come under fire of late. Their commitment to Scottish football hasn’t been particularly impressive in recent times. Last year, they only aired 41 of a possible 48 games [Scotsman], while Preston v Liverpool was chosen instead of both Hibs v Celtic and Aberdeen v Rangers in October.

That, and the pandemic, led to clubs using PPV platforms to generate extra income and let fans in from the dark.

At least, though, another crunch meeting between Robbie Neilson and Ange Postecoglou will get the broadcast treatment.

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Sky Sports give Celtic a broadcast boost with marquee fixture being shown live

Perhaps someone at Sky has been listening. It wasn’t just Celtic that are getting Sky Sports cameras on them that week, with the broadcaster heading to Dingwall for Ross County v Rangers on the 29th [SPFL].

The approach to broadcasting Scottish Premiership games has been incredibly scattergun over recent seasons. Certainly, fans have harked back to the BT Sport coverage of a few years ago.

With new broadcasters like DAZN, Amazon et al muscling in on leagues across Europe, it could be a very different picture in years to come, in a literal sense.

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For now, though, this is a boost. With the back-and-forth over ticket allocations between Celtic and Hearts, having the game on the telly is definitely a good option.

How the top 3 will look by the time January 26th rolls around is another question altogether…

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