SCOTTISH PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE ANNOUNCES LADBROKES LEAGUE FIXTURES

The SPFL has today unveiled the fixture lists for the 2016/17 Ladbrokes Premiership, Ladbrokes Championship, Ladbrokes League 1 and Ladbrokes League 2 seasons.  

The upcoming Scottish league football campaign kicks off on Saturday, 6 August across all four SPFL leagues, in partnership with title sponsor Ladbrokes, with the opening day fixtures reading:

Next season also sees Celtic and Rangers meet on league duty for the first time since the SPFL’s inception in 2013, their opening clash scheduled to take place on Saturday, 10 September, with Aberdeen and Hearts – who meet on the second weekend of the season – joining them as the most fancied to do battle at the top end of the top tier, according to Ladbrokes.

Hibernian, Dundee United and Falkirk are expected to compete for the Ladbrokes Championship, and Neil Lennon’s team will visit the Falkirk Stadium on the opening weekend. Elsewhere David Hopkin’s Livingston and Barry Ferguson’s Clyde are tipped to win Ladbrokes League 1 and Ladbrokes League 2 respectively, based on odds provided by the SPFL title sponsor.

Following today’s announcement certain fixtures are subject to movement pending TV selections. Celtic v Partick Thistle, scheduled for Saturday, 13 August, will be postponed at Celtic’s request (using their 'Joker' entitlement); reschedule information to be issued shortly.

Neil Doncaster, SPFL chief executive, said: “If the talk of football fans across Scotland is anything to go by, season 2016/17 is shaping up to be the most exciting in Scottish football in a long number of years.

"Today’s fixtures announcement in conjunction with our valued title sponsor Ladbrokes only serves to whet the appetite and we are all now counting down the days to the opening weekend of action in early August."

David Macdonald of Ladbrokes said: "Season 2016/17 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in recent times in Scottish football, and Ladbrokes are extremely proud SPFL sponsors."

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The opening matches for the 2016/17 season are:

Ladbrokes Premiership

Hearts v Celtic 06/08/16
Kilmarnock v Motherwell 06/08/16
Partick Thistle v Inverness 06/08/16
Rangers v Hamilton 06/08/16
Ross County v Dundee 06/08/16
St. Johnstone v Aberdeen 06/08/16
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Ladbrokes Championship

Ayr United v Raith Rovers 06/08/16
Dundee United v Queen of the South 06/08/16
Dunfermline v Dumbarton 06/08/16
Falkirk v Hibernian 06/08/16
St. Mirren v Morton 06/08/16
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Ladbrokes League One

Alloa Athletic v Peterhead 06/08/16
Brechin City v Stenhousemuir 06/08/16
East Fife v Albion Rovers 06/08/16
Livingston v Stranraer 06/08/16
Queen's Park v Airdrieonians 06/08/16
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Ladbrokes League Two

Annan Athletic v Stirling Albion 06/08/16
Arbroath v Berwick Rangers 06/08/16
Clyde v Montrose 06/08/16
Cowdenbeath v Elgin City 06/08/16
Edinburgh City v Forfar Athletic 06/08/16
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