Sky Sports yet to confirm Celtic plans with last season's big disappointment still fresh

By John McGinley

June 17, 2022

Sky Sports have yet to confirm which games they’ll select for live broadcast beyond the opening weekend of the Scottish Premiership.

The broadcaster will show Livingston vs Rangers live at 12pm on Saturday 30th July before live coverage of Celtic’s flag day at 4:30pm on Sunday 31st July.

Beyond that though, there’s mystery, with all of the announced fixtures in the following weeks listed as 3pm Saturday kick-offs.

The Bhoys have immediate away matches against Ross County and Kilmarnock in the first two weeks of August, which will hopefully be shown by the exclusive rights-holders.

A trip to Tannadice at the end of the month should be on their suite of channels too.

Last year was a big disappointment in that regard. Sky failed to show their full allocation of Premiership fixtures and a few Celtic away games were left to the mercy of pay-per-view.

With no pay-per-view options this time around, tens of thousands of season-ticket holders and other fans not heading to away grounds will be reliant on Sky providing a comprehensive service.

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It remains to be seen whether they’ll do that, despite their initial hype surrounding the fixtures.

Looking at the first six fixtures, ultimately five of them are candidates to be shown live with the derby against Rangers on 3rd September a certainty for coverage.

Scottish football needs a broadcaster fully committed to the league and invested in the product. Too often in recent years that hasn’t felt like the case, even if they were the only one to stump up the serious cash.

We await the announcement of their plans!

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