Celtic and Rangers live on Sky Sports on 2017/18 opening weekend
Last Updated: 06/07/17 9:51am
Celtic and Rangers will be live on Sky Sports on the opening weekend of the Scottish Premiership season.
Champions Celtic get the 2017/18 campaign underway at home to Hearts on Saturday, August 5, before Rangers travel to Motherwell the following day.
The following weekend will see Celtic in action again on Sky Sports on August 19 as they travel to Kilmarnock, and August's live matches are rounded off with newly-promoted Hibernian's trip to Dundee on August 27.
Sky Sports will show up to 42 games this season from the Ladbrokes SPFL Premiership and William Hill Scottish Cup, including every Old Firm league derby. Scottish football fans will also be able to see the national team's final four 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier group matches exclusively live on Sky Sports.
Confirmed Sky Sports SPFL fixtures
|Celtic v Hearts (Saturday, August 5, 12.30pm)|
|Motherwell v Rangers (Sunday, August 6, 1.30pm)|
|Kilmarnock v Celtic (Saturday, August 19, 12.30pm)|
|Dundee v Hibernian (Sunday, August 27, 12.30pm)|
Celtic had a historic run to the title last time out, going unbeaten for the duration of the domestic season to claim their sixth successive title.
But with Derek McInnes staying put at Aberdeen despite the lure of offers south of the border, and with Rangers getting used to life back in the top flight, the season could be far tighter this time around.
Sky Sports' head of football Gary Hughes said: "Celtic's unbeaten season was an incredible feat and one which we followed through to the final weeks of the season. With a number of Scotland's biggest clubs back in the top flight for the 2017/18 season, and the return of the Edinburgh derby, it should be another remarkable campaign in the SPFL."
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