There were a few interesting takeaways as Sky Sports announced their latest batch of Celtic fixtures on Tuesday.
Brendan Rodgers‘ Hoops have been on the channel three times already this season — beating Ross County, Aberdeen and Rangers in front of the live cameras.
The omens are good then as we prepare for a tasty run of televised fixtures over the coming months.
We already knew that our upcoming clash away to Livingston would be shown by the broadcaster (Saturday 23 September, 12:30pm) as well as the next derby against Rangers (Saturday 30 December, 12:30pm).
Three more upcoming Celtic matches — against Hearts, Ross County and Aberdeen — were announced by Sky on Tuesday. (Sky Sports)
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Our trip to Tynecastle on Sunday 22 October will be shown. However, the match won’t be in the usual noon slot. It will, instead, kick-off at 2:15pm which is a rare start as far as Scottish football is concerned.
That is almost certainly due to Sky only showing one Premier League match —Aston Villa vs West Ham — that day. We are therefore bumped to a bit later in the day. If you’re looking for an omen, 2:15pm was the kick-off time when we clinched the league at Tynecastle back in May.
We’ll visit Ross County on Saturday 4 November at 12:30pm while Aberdeen’s visit to Celtic Park has also intriguingly been chosen for Sunday 12 November.
The Dons are in Greece to face PAOK on the Thursday prior to that, so the game was always going to be moved to the Sunday. However, Sky’s decision to show the fixture while already having a Premiership fixture that day is an interesting one.
It means we’ll get a back-to-back Scottish football double-header that day — Livingston vs Rangers at 12pm and Celtic vs Aberdeen at 2:30pm.
We’re not sure what situation down south has made them go for that. But we’re not complaining.