Two major Celtic games this month won't be televised

By Hamish Carton

October 5, 2021

None of Celtic’s remaining league fixtures in October will be televised, despite the Hoops travelling to take on Motherwell and Hibernian in two of them.

Ange Postecoglou’s side face some huge matches when they return from international duty, with little room for error after a slow start to the campaign.

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The Hoops opened October with a 2-1 win over Aberdeen on Sunday, and have four more league fixtures in the month: Motherwell (a), St. Johnstone (h), Hibernian (a) and Livingston (h)

Visits to Fir Park and Easter Road are among the most high-profile in any season, and with the sides currently sitting 3rd and 4th, they are pretty major games for Celtic.

It therefore comes as a surprise to find out that Sky Sports will be showing neither clash.

As per the SPFL’s official website, the broadcasters will show only two more Premiership games this month: Rangers’ trips to St. Mirren and… Motherwell.

Celtic’s trip to Dundee on November 7th is the next league match that will be broadcast on TV.

Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic | LIVE Reaction

Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic | LIVE Reaction

Why are the matches not being televised?

Sky started a new five-year deal last season (BBC) – showing 48 live Premiership matches per season.

The previous deal, shared between Sky and BT Sport, was for 60 matches per season. (Sports Pro Media)

So 12 games fewer, and Celtic fans seemingly set to miss out.

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This would be understandable had Sky not already shown games like Dundee vs Hibernian and St. Mirren vs Aberdeen this season.

We’re now in a situation where the league’s top six face each other in a fortnight, with none of the matches televised.

At least the travelling Celtic faithful will get a lie-in.

In other news, the Celtic players witnessed something very important on Sunday