The 4 crucial Celtic games this month that won't be on live TV
As Celtic begin their hectic December schedule against Hearts at Parkhead tonight, fans will be able to watch it from the luxury of their own homes via Sky Sports.
It’s only the second time the Hoops have been screened on Scottish football’s main TV broadcaster since October 3rd. Indeed, Sky have decided to snub major games against at the likes of Easter Road and Fir Park in recent months.
And they’ll be doing the same for 2 more away games over the coming weeks with trips scheduled to the likes of St Mirren and Ross County. Neither match will be shown by Sky.
Granted, tonight’s game against Hearts marks one of 5 games this month that will be screened. Sunday’s trip to Tannadice if it goes ahead will be on Sky Sports, whilst next Thursday’s dead rubber vs Real Betis will be on BT Sport.
The Premier Sports Cup final clash with Hibernian takes place on December 19th, before our trip to St Johnstone on Boxing Day will be shown on Sky. That makes up the 5 and it’s a tasty schedule albeit an expensive one for supporters.
But in addition to the games against Ross County and St Mirren, two crucial home matches will also be snubbed. Motherwell’s trip to Celtic Park on Sunday December 12th won’t be live whilst Hibernian’s Wednesday night trip to Parkhead on December 29th is also being ignored.
Celtic will see plenty of screen time this month, but should more have been added?
Of course, for season-ticket holders, the Pass to Paradise system will be in operation for both home matches. As for foreign Celtic TV subscribers, they’ll also be able to watch every minute of action in the league without worrying about what games are on Sky.
But it’s majorly disappointing to see some tasty fixtures ignored within that schedule. For example, Hibernian’s trip to Celtic Park on December 29th is particularly eye-catching. Sky will instead show Rangers’ trip to Pittodrie, which is also understandable.
But it’s the 2 away games that are being ignored that really does frustrate. Rangers’ trip to St Mirren earlier this season was shown live by Sky. It’s disappointing that the broadcaster appears to have no interest in choosing our own game in Paisley.
The same goes for our trip to the Highlands. Celtic lost 1-0 in Dingwall last season, so you would’ve imagined there would’ve been an appetite to broadcast it. Instead, fans will likely have to dip into their pockets once more for PPV streams.
Disappointing considering this all comes at around Christmas time too. It’s the worst time of the year for supporters to try and get themselves in order. And whilst nobody is saying PPV services should be a priority ahead of Christmas, fans shouldn’t have to make that choice.
In any case, 5 games out of the 9 will be available whilst 4 will unfortunately be snubbed. Hopefully, the Bhoys can keep the good form rolling regardless.