SPFL lay groundwork for controversial post-split fixtures as Celtic wait on 'slight delay'

By John McGinley

April 8, 2022

The SPFL have signalled that they have a massively complicated job ahead of them this weekend as teams are shuffled into the top and bottom six of the Scottish Premiership.

Yes, it’s that time of year when the split is upon us and the only thing we know for sure is that a whole can of worms is going to open.

Given only four points separate the teams from fourth to tenth, a frantic weekend of football is ahead of us as top-flight teams clamour to make it into the top half of the table.

Celtic don’t know who they are facing after the split apart from Rangers and Hearts at this stage. Now, the SPFL have signalled it could take a while to sort it all out.

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Calum Beattie, the league body’s company secretary and director of operations, told The Daily Record: “It’s often the case that not every top-six place is confirmed until the final pre-split weekend, but having seven teams compete for just three positions is unprecedented.

“The fact that we have an Edinburgh derby and Dundee derby taking place that day just adds to the drama of the occasion.

“It again shows why the split has become such an exciting addition to our game since it was introduced over 20 years ago in season 2000/01.

“Clearly, given there are so many different permutations going into the weekend, this may result in a slight delay to the publication of the post-split fixtures. We will be working hard on these and will make an announcement as soon as possible next week.

“We hope that fans enjoy this round of fixtures, given there is so much to play for, and wish all 12 cinch Premiership clubs the very best of luck this weekend, and for the rest of the season.”

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Right now, it’s pointless to speculate on the permutations Celtic could face and who we’ll be playing away and who we’ll be playing at home.

What we do know is that three of our five matches after the split will come at Celtic Park, with Rangers guaranteed to be one of them.

However, there is a chance we visit another venue for the third time this season.

Celtic won’t sweat any controversy too much. Ange Postecoglou will be stressing the importance of no distractions regardless of the opposition or venue. If the team focus on themselves and maintain performance levels then it shouldn’t matter.

You just know there’ll be an SPFL curveball or two though, if not for us, then another team.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou’s passionate and ambitious Celtic statement of intent today shouldn’t go overlooked.