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Friday 23rd June 2017

Ladbrokes league fixtures announced

The SPFL is pleased to reveal the 2017/18 fixture lists for the Ladbrokes Premiership, Championship, League 1 and League 2.

The SPFL is pleased to reveal the 2017/18 fixture lists for the Ladbrokes Premiership, Championship, League 1 and League 2.

Champions Celtic will begin the defence of their trophy with a home match against Heart of Midlothian while last season's runners-up Aberdeen kick off against Hamilton Accies at Pittodrie and Hibernian mark their top-flight return at home to Partick Thistle.

The first meeting of Celtic and Rangers is scheduled for Ibrox on the weekend of September 23 while the opening Edinburgh derby will be played at Easter Road on the midweek of October 25. 

The Ladbrokes Premiership again incorporates a winter break, with no fixtures scheduled for January 6 and 13 - the top-flight clubs return to action in Scottish Cup round four on January 20.

Fixture round 33 takes place on the weekend of April 7, with post-split games on April 21, April 28, May 5, May 9 and May 12/13. The season ends with the Premiership play-off final on May 17 and 20.

In the Ladbrokes Championship, Inverness Caley Thistle start at home to Dundee United while St Mirren host Falkirk and Livingston's opening game back in the second tier is against Dunfermline Athletic at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

Arbroath will receive the flag for winning Ladbrokes League 2 before getting their League 1 campaign underway against Queen's Park at Gayfield while Alloa Athletic and Raith Rovers – who will both hope to challenge for promotion – meet at the Indodrill Stadium.

Stenhousemuir begin their Ladbrokes League 2 season against local rivals Stirling Albion at Ochilview while Peterhead travel to Galabank to play Annan Athletic.

Please note that all fixtures are subject to change and the first batch of live TV games will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Opening weekend – Saturday August 5

Ladbrokes Premiership
Aberdeen v Hamilton Academical
Celtic v Heart of Midlothian
Dundee v Ross County
Hibernian v Partick Thistle
Kilmarnock v St Johnstone
Motherwell v Rangers

Ladbrokes Championship
Dumbarton v Morton
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Dundee United
Livingston v Dunfermline Athletic
Queen of the South v Brechin City
St Mirren v Falkirk

Ladbrokes League 1
Albion Rovers v Ayr United
Alloa Athletic v Raith Rovers
Arbroath v Queen's Park
Forfar Athletic v Airdrieonians
Stranraer v East Fife

Ladbrokes League 2
Annan Athletic v Peterhead
Berwick Rangers v Clyde
Edinburgh City v Montrose
Elgin City v Cowdenbeath
Stenhousemuir v Stirling Albion

Neil Doncaster, SPFL chief executive, said: “The announcement of fixtures for the upcoming season, in partnership with our title sponsor Ladbrokes, once again generates a great deal of excitement and anticipation for supporters. 

“Even if only looking at the opening matches across all four leagues on the first weekend in August there are some real standout games and we wish all 42 clubs the very best of luck for their upcoming campaigns.” 

David Macdonald of Ladbrokes said: "We are immensely proud to continue our backing of Scottish football and are very much looking forward to the new season."