Old Firm Set For New Year's Eve Encounter

17 June 2016, 09:25

Rangers will make their first visit to Celtic Park in four years on September 10 and the Old Firm giants will also meet on New Year's Eve.

The two sides met twice in cup action during Rangers' journey back through the lower divisions but they are now preparing to square off on league duty for the first time since the Hoops' 3-0 victory back in April 2012 at Celtic Park, although the date is still subject to television scheduling.

The traditional New Year fixture is also back on the calendar, with the Glasgow giants set to meet at Ibrox on December 31.

The third derby takes place at Celtic Park on March 11, with the fourth and final clash set for Ibrox after the league split so long as both teams are in the same half of the table at that point.

New Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will hope to make a successful start to his reign in Glasgow's east end when the champions open their domestic campaign away to Hearts on August 6.

Top-flight football returns to Ibrox the same day as Mark Warburton's Championship winners start at home to Hamilton.

Aberdeen, who pushed Celtic so close last season, begin with a trip to Perth to face St Johnstone, while Kilmarnock will hope to avoid the troubles that saw them survive only through the play-offs last term when they kick off at Rugby Park against Motherwell.

Partick Thistle host Inverness on the opening day, with Dundee travelling north to Dingwall to take on Ross County.

Celtic, however, have taken up the option of postponing their second fixture on August 13 in order to take on Italian giants Inter Milan in a glamour friendly in Limerick.