TV schedule announced for SPFL post-split fixtures

CELTIC’S final five Scottish Premiership games will be televised while 10 of the 12 top-flight teams will be shown live in the closing month of the season.

Aberdeen v Celtic - captains, Dons mascot and referee Alan Muir (9th Nov 2014)
Last visit: Celtic won 2-1 at Pittodrie on their last trip back in November (Picture from Sky Sports)

CELTIC’S final five Scottish Premiership games will be televised while 10 of the 12 top-flight teams will be shown live in the closing month of the season.

Ronny Deila’s team will be shown four times on Sky Sports – including against second-placed Aberdeen at Pittodrie on 10 May – and once on BT Sport.

BBC ALBA will screen Hibernian’s Championship trip to Livingston on 22 April and the League One encounter between Stranraer and Morton on 25 April with both sides chasing promotion.

BT Sport have secured three Friday night fixtures from the Premiership and Sky Sports will also show Hearts v Rangers from the second tier and Celtic’s home tie with Inverness on the final weekend when they are expected to be presented with the trophy.

McDiarmid Park (St Johnstone v Celtic - 14th February 2015)
Three’s the target: Celtic have won on both of their trips to St Johnstone’s McDiarmid Park so far in 2014-15 (Picture from Sky Sports)

Champions elect Celtic – who are gearing up for a fourth successive title – will have two Friday night games in May with Paul Hartley’s Dundee travelling to Parkhead on the first night of the month live on Sky while the Hoops’ trip to Perthshire a fortnight later can be seen on BT Sport.

Surprisingly, Motherwell’s potential play-off decider with Ross County on May 10 will not be screened but the Steelmen’s trip to Lanarkshire rivals Hamilton on April 24 and their equally decisive encounter with Kilmarnock at Fir Park on May 8 will be available to watch on BT.

The only Championship game to be screened next month will be champions Hearts against third-placed Rangers at Tynecastle when the Jambos will be handed the trophy post-match at the end of their final game.

It was originally scheduled for Sunday 3 May at 12:30pm but has been moved back to 12:15pm on Saturday 2 May in line with the rest of the Championship schedule following complaints by both Hearts and Hibs that it compromised “sporting integrity”.

Rangers boss Stuart McCall, however, responded by saying “it has nothing to do with us”.

Hearts players in tunnel at Tynecastle (v Hibs - 3rd Jan 2015)
Repeat: Hearts – who lost 2-1 at Ibrox earlier this month – will be hoping for a third league win over Rangers this season at Tynecastle next month (Picture from BT Sport)

Hibernian’s chief executive Leeann Dempster said in a club statement: “I have been in contact with the SPFL following its announcement that one final round fixture would kick off after all the other results are known.

“I have reminded them in very clear terms that – as the organiser of the competition – the responsibility for protecting its unimpeachable sporting integrity lies with them.”

A week later, the fourth league meeting of the season between Derek McInnes’s Aberdeen and Celtic – which could effectively end the title race – will also be on Sky but in a mid-afternoon game set to kick-off at 2:30.

Dundee Utd and Celtic players in Tannadice tunnel (8th March 2015)
Side by side: Dundee United and Celtic will lock horns live on Sky Sports at Tannadice before the month is out (Picture from Sky Sports)

Celtic – who won three of their four meetings with Dundee United last month – make the journey to Tannadice on April 26 in the company of the Sky Sports cameras.

Only St Mirren – who are guaranteed to finish in the bottom two – and Partick Thistle will not be shown live on TV in the season’s remainder.

SPFL announced the post-split fixtures – when the top six and bottom six play each other in the final five weekends – on Wednesday morning after initial concerns regarding when they will be published following discussions with police and broadcasters.

TV screenings of the Premiership play-offs will be announced in due course once the teams have been confirmed with a relegation play-off tie against a Championship side awaiting the team who finishes 11th.

 

LIVE TV FIXTURES:

22 April:  Livingston v Hibernian (Scottish Championship)
Live on BBC ALBA
KO 7:45pm

24 April:  Hamilton Accies v Motherwell (Scottish Premiership)
Live on BT Sport
KO 7:45pm

25 April:  Stranraer v Greenock Morton (Scottish League One)
Live on BBC ALBA
KO 5:30pm

26 April:  Dundee United v Celtic (Scottish Premiership)
Live on Sky Sports
KO 12:30pm

1 May:  Celtic v Dundee (Scottish Premiership)
Live on Sky Sports
KO 7:45pm

2 May:  Hearts v Rangers (Scottish Championship)
Live on Sky Sports
KO 12:15pm

8 May:  Motherwell v Kilmarnock (Scottish Premiership)
Live on BT Sport
KO 7:45pm

10 May:  Aberdeen v Celtic (Scottish Premiership)
Live on Sky Sports
KO 2:30pm

15 May:  St Johnstone v Celtic (Scottish Premiership)
Live on BT Sport
KO 7:45pm

24 May:  Celtic v Inverness Caley Thistle (Scottish Premiership)
Live on Sky Sports
KO 12:30pm

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