The fixtures for the 2021/22 cinch Premiership season have been announced as Hearts host Celtic and Motherwell face Hibs.

Dundee’s first game back in Scotland’s top flight will be at home to St Mirren while Rangers host Livingston. Ross County take on St Johnstone as Hearts play Celtic at Tynecastle on July 31st, Aberdeen v Dundee United and Motherwell v Hibs coming on Sunday, August 1st.

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Celtic v Hearts on opening day. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Celtic will be the likely title challengers at the top of the table after Rangers won last season’s Scottish Premiership. Hibs meanwhile will look to maintain their third place position while Dundee and Hearts return to the division after promotion from the Championship.

It means James McPake will manage in the Premiership for the first time at the Dens Park club while Robbie Neilson returns to the division. There will also be plenty of managers enjoying their first taste of Premiership football, including Ross County manager Malky Mackay and Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou.

cinch are the new title sponsors for the SPFL in a five-year deal that will run until the 2025/26 season. SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “This is an enormously significant partnership for our member clubs, and for Scottish football as a whole.

“Our discussions with cinch have been extremely positive and the duration of the sponsorship agreement demonstrates their long-term commitment to Scottish football. Despite the economic situation and the challenging nature of the global sponsorship industry generally, this is the largest-ever sponsorship in the SPFL era.”

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Big deal. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

Opening 21/22 cinch Premiership fixtures

Saturday 31/07/21 Dundee v St. Mirren 15:00

Saturday 31/07/21 Heart of Midlothian v Celtic 20:00 (Sky Sports)

Saturday 31/07/21 Rangers v Livingston 13:30 (Sky Sports)

Saturday 31/07/21 Ross County v St. Johnstone 15:00

Sunday 01/08/21 Aberdeen v Dundee United 15:00

Sunday 01/08/21 Motherwell v Hibernian 16:30 (Sky Sports)

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