Celtic’s opening two away matches of the new league season have been moved for television.

The Hoops’ second match of the season – away to David Turnbull’s Motherwell – will now take place at noon on Saturday 10th August. Sky Sports will broadcast the clash live.

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And the first derby match of the season has also been confirmed for live broadcast. Celtic will now travel to face last year’s runners-up Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday 1st September with a noon kick-off once again in place. Again, the match will be shown live on Sky Sports.


Fans second best again

It’s no surprise to see either game being moved to a lunchtime slot but the 12 o’clock kick-off does seem mega early for supporters. Celtic will have fans coming from all over to the Motherwell clash at the start of August and it seems like a kick in the teeth for the game to start so early.

The SPFL tried a new Sunday afternoon slot on a few occasions last season and the move seemed to go down well with supporters. It was nearly 6pm when Scott Brown struck the winner at Rugby Park in February – after the big clash had got underway at 4pm.

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Later fixtures on Sundays must be the order of the day for this coming season. Fans prefer them, players probably do too. The atmosphere is much better once people have actually had the time to wake up – and our game looks better as a result.

It’s a shame to see fans fleeced so early in the season, but I suppose we’re well used to that by now.

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