The opening weekend of the Scottish Premiership season will include three matches live on television, The Scottish Mail on Sunday reports (05/07 print edition, page 155).

Fixtures in the top-flight are due to be unveiled on Monday morning in conjunction with Sky Sports, who will be exclusive broadcasters next season.

They have the rights to 48 matches across a season that we all hope will end with Neil Lennon’s Bhoys being crowned ten-in-a-row champions.


The Scottish Mail on Sunday believes three of them will be shown on August 1st and 2nd, one of which is said to be Celtic’s first fixture of the season at Celtic Park, on what would have been a flag day in front of a joyful crowd, in normal circumstances.

The paper reckons that Rangers’ first away game and Dundee United’s first match following promotion from the Championship could also be shown.

With the English Premier League finishing up the prior weekend, Scottish football will be in a spotlight it doesn’t usually enjoy.

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Important then that the league and Sky Sports capitalise on any thirst for football as much as possible.

It'll be amazing when these Celtic Park seats are filled again

Celtic Park will be empty when the season starts / (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

When the action kicks off it will have been nearly five months since Celtic were last in competitive action.

Anticipation amongst an expectant will be through the roof.

This could be one of the most famous and celebrated campaigns in the club’s long history.

It’ll be a joy to see Lennon’s men start the hard work on the pitch in less than a month. It’s been too long.

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