What we know about Celtic's post-split fixtures as SPFL publishing day approaches

By Hamish Carton

April 20, 2023

Celtic face Motherwell this weekend in the final match before the Premiership splits in to two.

Ange Postecoglou‘s Hoops host the in-form Steelmen on Saturday afternoon knowing that victory will move us to within four points of the title.

Following this weekend’s fixture card, the Premiership will form two mini-leagues of six, with every team facing five more matches.

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With four teams in contention for the final three top-six places, we don’t yet know exactly what Celtic’s end to the season will look like.

But we do know a few things.

Firstly, the SPFL‘s fixture publishing day will be some time next week. They confirmed that in a recent news article on their website. So we don’t have long to wait.

There are no league fixtures next weekend due to the Scottish Cup semi-finals, so we should have the best part of two weeks notice ahead of our next league fixture.

TV dates and times will also be announced alongside the fixtures.

Rangers and Aberdeen are the two other sides to have secured a top-six spot so far. We are due to travel to both between now and the end of the campaign.

Hearts seem likely to take one of the remaining spots while St. Mirren and Hibernian will also qualify if they can win their games.

Livingston have an outside chance but would need to earn a positive result against Dundee United and hope that other results go their way.

If the teams currently inside the top six finish the job this weekend, then we would also be due to travel to Hearts and Hibernian, while St. Mirren would be back in Glasgow.

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The SPFL try to have each side play 19 home and 19 away games per season. For that to happen, one of our away matches would have to become a home fixture.

The league aim to avoid reversing fixtures that have a “key impact” on things (SPFL Q and A) so we could maybe expect another home game against the lowest placed side.

Plenty to consider for the governing body. But based on all of the above, we may be looking at something like:

Hearts (away)
Hibernian (home)
Rangers (away)
Aberdeen (away)
St. Mirren (home)

In other news, Motherwell boss Stuart Kettlewell has gone above and beyond in his praise of Celtic