Celtic will travel to Hearts for Ladbrokes Premiership opener

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The fixtures have just been released for the 2016-17 Ladbrokes Premiership season and there’s a mouthwatering prospect to look forward to on the opening weekend with champions Celtic heading to Tynecastle.

Brendan Rodgers’ first league game in charge of the Hoops will be a tough assignment against Robbie Neilson’s Hearts with the Glasgow giants welcoming Partick Thistle a week later.

Celtic will close the month of August with a trip to St Johnstone before welcoming last season’s runners-up Aberdeen to Parkhead.

The Bhoys’ last game before the split will be away at Ross County on Saturday 15 April 2017.

Meanwhile, newly-promoted rivals Rangers will begin their campaign at home to Hamilton Academical with a home fixture against Motherwell sandwiched in between trips to Dundee and Kilmarnock in the opening few weeks of the season.

And fans across the world won’t have to wait too long for the first Old Firm game of 2016-17 with Celtic set to host the Gers on Saturday 10 September.

The return at Ibrox will be on New Year’s Eve with a third clash penned in for Saturday 11 March 2017.

Elsewhere, Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen will begin their season in Perth away at St. Johnstone while relegation play-off survivors Kilmarnock host Motherwell.

Partick Thistle will take on Inverness in their curtain raiser while Dundee will travel north to face Ross County.

The second weekend of the season also promises to be a belter with Hearts v Aberdeen and a Highland Derby between Inverness and Ross County whetting the appetite.

Here is a selection of key dates:

Opening weekend, season starts Saturday 6 August 2016

Hearts v Celtic

Kilmarnock v Motherwell

Partick Thistle v Inverness

Rangers v Hamilton

Ross County v Dundee

St. Johnstone v Aberdeen

Christmas Eve, Saturday 24 December 2016

Dundee v Hearts

Hamilton v Celtic

Kilmarnock v St. Johnstone

Motherwell v Aberdeen

Rangers v Inverness

Ross County v Partick Thisle

Final games before the split, Saturday 15 April 2017

Dundee v Hamilton

Kilmarnock v Hearts

Motherwell v Inverness

Rangers v Partick Thisle

Ross County v Celtic

St. Johnstone v Aberdeen

The final weekend of the Ladbrokes Premiership season will be Saturday 20 May – Sunday 21 May 2017.  

Click here for the full list of fixtures for the 2016-17 Ladbrokes Premiership season.

All fixtures subject to change.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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William Geldart

Having graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Wales, Bangor, William contributed to a number of online football blogs before finally finding his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow alongside the rest of the Ladbrokes News team. Now indulging passions for football, horse racing, greyhounds, boxing and political betting. Supports Wycombe Wanderers and can be spotted at various lower league and non-league grounds across the country.