Sky Sports confirm four Celtic fixtures set for broadcast; supporters could be affected
Sky Sports have this afternoon confirmed that four out of Celtic’s first six fixtures in the Scottish Premiership will be broadcast.
The Hoops preparations for the 2022/23 campaign got underway earlier this afternoon, with a small group of Ange Postecoglou’s squad returning to Lennoxtown.
Those preparations are expected to kickstart over the next few weeks, with the Bhoys travelling to Austria and taking part in a series of friendly fixtures.
Having lifted the Premiership title last season, Postecoglou’s side has been rewarded with direct entry to the Champions League group stages.
This means that Celtic’s competitive campaign doesn’t get underway until the 31st of July when Aberdeen travel to Paradise on flag day.
With the SPFL season just five weeks away, Scottish Football’s lead broadcaster Sky Sports has begun its own preparations for the season ahead.
Today, the TV company has confirmed which Premiership matches will be broadcast during the month of August and at the beginning of September.
Four of Celtic’s opening six fixtures were amongst the matches selected, including two away trips to Kilmarnock and Dundee United and the first Glasgow Derby fixture of the season at Parkhead.
Sunday 31st July: Celtic vs Aberdeen, kick-off 4.30 pm
Sunday 14th August: Kilmarnock vs Celtic, kick-off
Sunday 28th August: Dundee United vs Celtic, kick-off 12 pm
Saturday 3rd September: Celtic vs Rangers, kick-off 12.30 pm
Supporters set to miss out on opening away fixture.
Whilst some Celtic supporters will be delighted that the majority of the club’s opening games are being broadcast, fans could still miss out on the opening away game of the season.
Last campaign, if you weren’t able to attend games, there was the option of pay-per-view streams via the majority of clubs across the SPFL.
However, in April, SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster indicated that the PPV system would no longer be available to clubs or supporters after two seasons with that system in place.
He said [Press and Journal]: “We’re very grateful for the help Sky Sports have given us over the past two years, allowing our clubs to stream games.
“Effectively, there has been a suspension of article 48, which is the blocked hours.
“The blocked hours mean you can’t broadcast between 2.45 pm and 5.15 pm on a Saturday.
“I would expect blocked hours to resume from this summer, and we’ll return to a world where you need to attend the game to see it.
“But football broadcasting remains an ever-changing landscape.”
Of course, Doncaster never officially shut the door on this potentially being extended. However, we are yet to hear of any changes. So, we are having to go off what SPFL officials have last said surrounding the matter.
It would be a frustrating blow for supporters, who would miss the second league fixture of the season when Ange Postecoglou’s side travels to Dingwall to face Ross County on Saturday 6th of August.
We will have to wait and see where this situation goes, and hopefully, supporters can receive official confirmation within the next few weeks.
Surely, we are at the point where football should be accessible to all supporters?