5 Scottish Fixtures To Look Out For In The 2015/16 Season
The season is over, but next year is just around the corner – even more so with the release of the 2015/16 fixtures.
Here, I take a look at the five fixtures that stand out and that are worth marking in on the calendar.
Remember, that fixture dates are subject to change).
1. Saturday, 1st August 2015 – Hearts v Saint Johnstone
Hearts rose back to the top division in stunning style last season and won their division with weeks to spare. Their home match against Saint Johnstone is, therefore, the pick of the opening day’s round of action and you can expect all 17,500 seats in the stadium to be occupied by kick-off time.
2. Saturday, 15th August 2015 – Celtic v Inverness
Inverness denied Celtic an historic domestic treble last season with a top semi-final performance in the Scottish Cup to defeat the Bhoys 3-2 and ultimately lift the cup. The Parkhead faithful will want revenge for that somewhat controversial win and the opportunity for revenge will come in just the fourth week.
3. Saturday, 12th September 2015 – Aberdeen v Celtic
Aberdeen pushed Celtic closer than any team has for a long time last season, but ultimately fell short in the end and ended up 17 points behind the Scottish Champions. This season Aberdeen will be even more improved and could scare Celtic even more. If they are to do so they will need to make the most of their match-ups with Ronny Deila’s men and that the pair’s first meeting will be at Pittodrie will make for a great atmospheric match in September.
4. Saturday, 2nd January 2016 – Dundee v Dundee United
There will be at least three Dundee derbies this season and possibly four, but the one which stands out is the New Year’s derby on the 2nd. The rivals squared off in a derby on New Year’s Day last season and it was a cracking game to open up the year, with United trouncing their rivals 6-2. If this year’s New Year derby is anything like the 2015 equivalent then it will be worth tuning in.
5. Saturday, 30th April 2016 – Saint Mirren v Rangers
Both of these teams are upset to be playing the upcoming season in the Championship – Scotland’s second tier – given that the Saints were relegated from the top division while Rangers lost in the promotion play-off final. The pair meet on the season’s opening day at Ibrox, but even more exciting is the fact that they meet on the season’s final day at Saint Mirren Park. Both harbour promotion hopes and it would be no surprise if this fixture carries major promotion implications by the time it comes around.