CELTIC’S Premiership games at Motherwell and Hamilton in December will both by beamed live by Sky Sports.
The champions will travel to Fir Park to take on Mark McGhee’s side on December 3 which will be shown live at 12.15pm.
There will be a Christmas Eve treat for armchair Hoops fans when Brendan Rodgers’ team go to New Douglas park to face Accies with a 12.30pm kick-off.
And, of course, Sky have already announced they will show live the Glasgow derby at Ibrox on December 31 with a 12.15pm start.
Celtic romped to a 5-1 victory in the first game against Mark Warburton’s struggling outfit at Parkhead earlier this month when Moussa Dembele netted a fabulous hat-trick and Scott Sinclair and Stuart Armstrong chipped in with the others.
The side are due to meet again in the Betfred League Cup-semi-final at Hampden on the weekend of October22/23 with the game shown live by BT Sport.
This will be BT Sports first Glasgow derby match that doesn’t involve Patrick Thistle.
Sky Sports recently increased their interest in Scottish football based on their spin that the “Old Firm” has returned.
Rangers went into liquidation in 2012 after failing to agree a CVA and having unpaid debts of around £130m. Charles Green picked up a bundle of assets and used an off the shelf company to create a new club, as Sky Sports reported at the time.
However a myth has been spun that Rangers didn’t die – the liquidation word is seldom spoken in the media these days.
So with Sky Sports purchasing a broadcasting package which focuses on the four so-called “Old Firm” games, the broadcasters senior executives must have been green with envy when they saw last night’s League Cup semi final draw.
Indeed while they will have to watch as BT Sports broadcasts the semi final between Celtic and the Sevco Rangers, there is also a concern that they could actually lose out on another “Old Firm” encounter and this time it is one they have already paid for.
Sevco Rangers are hosting Celtic on Hogmanay and roof issues permitting this game will go ahead. They will then visit the Champions on or around 11 March 2017 and this will be the final league meeting between the sides before the split.
Sky Sports may well have assumed that the new club would have been a certainty to secure a top six spot in the league before the split which happens in mid April. However after being afforded a particularly soft set of early fixtures, Sevco Rangers is currently in fifth position in the league.
On Sunday they face a trip to Pittodrie, before another Glasgow derby against a Patrick Thistle who will want to retain their status as Glasgow’s second best side. After that they face away trips to Inverness and Hearts before St Johnstone visit Ibrox. The Perth side always seem to do well their against the various club that have played in that rather neglected old stadium.
So it could be 29 October when Kilmarnock visit Glasgow before the new club has a decent chance of picking up three points.
Such a poor run would see Sevco Rangers drop down the league at the same rate they have in recent weeks, starting top and ending up in fifth place at the moment – before Pittodrie.
With star summer signing Sloey Barton in dispute with the club and serving a three week ban and former Celtic striker Kenny Miller making front page, rather than back page news, it seems to be going from bad to worse for the league newcomers.
It could be us counting chickens here but that’s only a bit of fun.
For Sky Sports a bottom six Sevco could be hugely expensive.