Celtic vs Rangers derby dates confirmed; full 2021/22 fixture list released

By David Walton

June 15, 2021

The first Glasgow derby of the season between Celtic and Rangers will take place at Ibrox on August 28th.

This season’s derby dates were confirmed this morning by the SPFL after the fixture list was unveiled by the league body. The Hoops will take on their Glasgow rivals three times before the late-season split, with two of those fixtures coming away from home.

The new year derby of the campaign will take place at Celtic Park on January 2nd. Our final trip to Ibrox will then take place three months later, with the date set for April 2nd .

In other eye-catching fixtures, Celtic will open the campaign against Hearts at Tynecastle on July 31st. The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. The first game at Celtic Park will come a week later against Dundee on August 7th. Scott Brown’s Parkhead return with Aberdeen is scheduled to take place on November 27th, with our first meeting coming at Pittodrie on October 2nd.

Celtic’s first five games of the campaign reads as follows: Hearts (A), Dundee (H), St Mirren (H), Rangers (A), Ross County (H)

Celtic vs Rangers fixtures key for Ange Postecoglou momentum

That first derby at Ibrox is important for so many reasons. The primary being that it’s essential for new boss Ange Postecoglou in getting some much-needed early momentum.

Of course, all fixtures give you the same three points and therefore every one of them is important. However, last season we saw just how vital those derby matches were.

Celtic started the season on fire last term. A draw in our second league game at Kilmarnock was anything but ideal. But we would actually go on to win nine of our first 10 Premiership matches. It led to us opening up a two-point lead on Rangers and had us going into the Celtic Park derby in good spirits.

New Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou / (Photo by Hiroki Watanabe/Getty Images)

However, defeat in that fixture would rock the club and it was something we would never fully recover from. After failing to win any of our five meetings with the Ibrox club last term, things need to change. Postecoglou will be given time, but an improvement on our derby record is non-negotiable.

But as always, getting off to a fast start is key. Celtic dropped key points at the likes of Pittodrie, Easter Road, Tanandice, and Ibrox last term. Fingers crossed Postecoglou can succeed where Neil Lennon failed.

The release of the fixture list is a key date in the calendar. As excitement continues to build ahead of the new campaign, fans can start jotting down the dates of our key matches.