SPFL announce post-split fixtures with Old Firm derby date revealed

Clubs and fans have learned who they will face in the Premiership run-in.

Celtic and Rangers will meet in a potentially title-deciding match at Celtic Park on May 11, after the SPFL confirmed the Premiership post-split fixtures.

The league body has moved quickly to inform clubs and fans about the top and bottom six schedule after it was confirmed that Dundee and Rangers will play their twice-postponed game at Dens Park on Wednesday.

The fixture list has been eagerly awaited, with important matches at both ends of the table to determine the title winners, European qualifiers and relegation places.

The headline game from the list is the final meeting between Celtic and Rangers, with the Glasgow rivals vying to lift the Premiership trophy. Celtic are four points ahead of Rangers, who play their game in hand on Wednesday, and they go head to head on Saturday, May 11, with a kick-off time of 12.30.

Unusually, the game could see the title decided in the derby, if results before then go almost entirely in favour of one team or the other.

To achieve a balance of 19 home games and 19 away matches for every club, the SPFL has been forced to reverse some fixtures in the post-split schedule.

There are four switches in the top six – St Mirren will host Heart of Midlothian and Rangers for a third time, Celtic will host St Mirren for a third time and Dundee will be at home to Kilmarnock for a third occasion.

In the bottom six, Aberdeen will play St Johnstone at Pittodrie for a third time.

There are plenty of issues to settle in the weeks to come and Hearts could secure third place as early as April 27 with a win at Kilmarnock.

The Rugby Park side are targeting European football themselves and their clash with fifth-placed St Mirren on May 11 could see them reach their goal.

Fifth place in the league may well earn a European place depending on the Scottish Cup winner and that adds an extra importance to the final fixtures for St Mirren and Dundee.

in the bottom half, Livingston’s position looks increasingly like they will be heading for automatic relegation unless they have a huge turnaround in form, so focus falls on 11th place and the play-off spot.

Ross County and St Johnstone’s clash on May 15 could have a major say on who has to fight for their Premiership place in the play-offs.

Calum Beattie, SPFL Chief Operating Officer, said: “It was an exciting three-way battle for the remaining top-six place on Saturday and I’m pleased to be able to announce the fixtures and TV selections for the final five rounds of the 2023/24 cinch Premiership.

“It promises to be a hugely exciting run-in, with the title, European places and relegation issue all to be settled over the course of the next few weeks.

“There is so much to look forward to in the remainder of the season, with the play-offs to come next month and it won’t be long before we are starting all over again, with the 2024/25 SPFL campaign already confirmed as kicking off on the weekend of August 3/4.”

Top six post-split fixtures

Matchday 34

Kilmarnock v Hearts – Saturday April 27, 3pm

St Mirren v Rangers – Sunday April 28, 12.30pm

Dundee v Celtic – Sunday April 28, 3pm

Matchday 35

Celtic v Hearts – Saturday May 4, 3pm

Dundee v St Mirren – Saturday May 4, 3pm

Rangers v Kilmarnock – Sunday May 5, 1pm

Matchday 36

Celtic v Rangers – Saturday May 11, 12.30pm

Hearts v Dundee – Saturday May 11, 3pm

St Mirren v Kilmarnock – Saturday May 11, 12.30pm

Matchday 37

Rangers v Dundee – Tuesday May 14, 7.30pm

Kilmarnock v Celtic – Wednesday May 15, 7.30pm

St Mirren v Hearts – Wednesday May 15, 7.45pm

Matchday 38

Celtic v St Mirren – Saturday May 18, 12.30pm

Dundee v Kilmarnock – Saturday May 18, 12.30pm

Hearts v Rangers – Saturday May 18, 12.30pm

Bottom six post-split fixtures

Matchday 34

Aberdeen v Motherwell – Saturday April 27, 3pm

Livingston v Ross County – Saturday April 27, 3pm

St Johnstone v Hibernian – Saturday April 27, 3pm

Matchday 35

Aberdeen v St Johnstone – Saturday May 4, 3pm

Motherwell v Livingston – Saturday May 4, 3pm

Ross County v Hibernian – Saturday May 4, 3pm

Matchday 36

Livingston v St Johnstone – Saturday May 11, 3pm

Ross County v Motherwell – Saturday May 11, 3pm

Hibernian v Aberdeen – Saturday May 11, 3pm

Matchday 37

Aberdeen v Livingston – Wednesday May 15, 7.45pm

Hibernian v Motherwell – Wednesday May 15, 7.45pm

St Johnstone v Ross County – Wednesday May 15, 7.45pm

Matchday 38

Livingston v Hibernian – Sunday May 19, 3pm

Motherwell v St Johnstone – Sunday May 19, 3pm

Ross County v Aberdeen – Sunday May 19, 3pm

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