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  • Invincibles kick off bid for seven-in-a-row with home game v Hearts

    Invincibles kick off bid for seven-in-a-row with home game v Hearts

    By: Newsroom Staff on 23 Jun, 2017 09:00

  • CELTIC will kick off the defence of their title and the bid for seven-in-a-row with a home game against Hearts on the opening weekend of the SPFL Premiership season.

    Brendan Rodgers’ Invincibles signed off last season’s incredible league campaign with a 2-0 win over Hearts at Celtic Park before lifting the Premiership trophy. Now, the Edinburgh side will return to Paradise for Flag Day on the weekend of August 5.

    It’s the second season in a row that Celtic have faced Hearts in their opening league fixture, with James Forrest and Scott Sinclair scoring in a 2-1 win at Tynecastle last year.

    Following the Flag Day opener against Hearts, the Hoops will then face their first Glasgow derby of the season when they travel to Firhill to take on Partick Thistle. And August’s fixtures are completed with an away game against Kilmarnock followed by the visit of St Johnstone to Celtic Park.

    Scotland’s top two sides don’t meet until October 25 when the Hoops travel to Pittodrie to take on Aberdeen, while the sides also meet at Celtic Park two days before Christmas

    Towards the end of September, Celtic will travel to Ibrox for the first visit to the stadium since the 5-1 thrashing of Rangers there at the end of April, while the last fixture of 2017 on December 30 will see Pedro Caixinha bring his side to Paradise, which also witnessed a 5-1 demolition derby triumph for Brendan Rodgers’ side last season.

    And September 30 will see Neil Lennon make a welcome return to Celtic Park when he brings his newly-promoted Hibernian side to the home of the champions.

    Similar to last season, there will be a mid-winter break, with the first league fixture of 2018 being an away game against Partick Thistle on January 24, while the last game of the campaign will be on the weekend of the May 12.

    (Home games in Bold)
    05/08/2017         Hearts
    12/08/2017         Partick Thistle
    19/08/2017         Kilmarnock
    26/08/2017         St Johnstone

    09/09/2017         Hamilton Academical
    16/09/2017         Ross County
    23/09/2017         Rangers
    30/09/2017         Hibernian

    14/10/2017         Dundee
    21/10/2017         Motherwell
    25/10/2017         Aberdeen
    28/10/2017         Kilmarnock

    04/11/2017         St. Johnstone
    18/11/2017         Ross County
    25/11/2017         Partick Thistle

    02/12/2017         Motherwell
    09/12/2017         Hibernian
    13/12/2017         Hamilton Academical
    16/12/2017         Heart of Midlothian
    23/12/2017         Aberdeen
    27/12/2017         Dundee
    30/12/2017         Rangers

    24/01/2018         Partick Thistle
    27/01/2018         Hibernian
    31/01/2018         Heart of Midlothian

    03/02/2018         Kilmarnock
    17/02/2018         St. Johnstone
    24/02/2018         Aberdeen
    28/02/2018         Dundee

    10/03/2018         Rangers
    17/03/2018         Motherwell
    31/03/2018         Ross County

    07/04/2018         Hamilton Academical

    Post-Split Fixture Dates                                              
    34 21/04/2018                                        
    35 28/04/2018                                        
    36 05/05/2018                                        
    37 09/05/2018                                        
    38 12/05/2018                                        

    (All fixtures subject to change)


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