SPFL announce fixtures for the 2018/19 Scottish football season
The Light Blues will face the runners-up in each of the past four seasons at Pittodrie on the Sunday afternoon. It is the only top flight game selected for TV coverage thus far as the Sky Sports cameras will be in attendance.
Champions Celtic, meanwhile, begin their season with a match against newly-promoted Livingston at Parkhead.
The first Old Firm clash is scheduled to take place on 1 September with Celtic hosting Rangers, though this game could be moved once the televised games for the opening couple of months have all been decided.
The pair will meet again on 29 December and a final time before the split on 30 March.
Hearts host Hibs in the first Edinburgh derby of the campaign, though it won’t be until round 11 that Neil Lennon’s side visit Craig Levein’s men on Halloween night. They’ll also meet again on 29 December, this time at Easter Road, before squaring off again at Tynecastle on the final weekend before the split.
There will be no New Year game this year with the final fixtures before the winter break taking place on Saturday 29 December.
The players will then have three and a half weeks off before returning to league duty on Wednesday 23 January.
In the Championship, freshly relegated Partick Thistle start life in the second tier with an away match against League One champions Ayr United.
Ross County, similarly, will face off against a newly promoted side as Alloa make the long journey to Dingwall, while Dundee United against Dunfermline is arguably the most eye-catching fixture of the first weekend in the lower leagues.
Dropping down further, Stranraer host League One favourites Raith Rovers in the third tier’s first round of games, while in League Two Peterhead will look to quickly get over the disappointment of missing out on promotion as they host Queen’s Park.
OPENING WEEKEND FIXTURES
Celtic v Livingston
Hamilton v Hearts
Hibs v Motherwell
Kilmarnock v St Johnstone
St Mirren v Dundee
Aberdeen v Rangers (Sunday, 1pm, Sky Sports)
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Ayr United v Partick Thistle
Dundee United v Dunfermline Athletic
Falkirk v Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Morton v Queen of the South
Ross County v Alloa Athletic
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East Fife v Dumbarton
Forfar Athletic v Airdrieonians
Montrose v Arbroath
Stenhousemuir v Brechin City
Stranraer v Raith Rovers
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Annan Athletic v Elgin City
Berwick Rangers v Stirling Albion
Clyde v Cowdenbeath
Edinburgh City v Albion Rovers
Peterhead v Queen’s Park
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