Scottish Premiership opening weekend game previews, team news, live on Sky Sports | Soccer News

Squad news and stats for the Scottish Premiership first round, as Celtic begin their title defense live on Sky Sports.

Livingston vs Rangers – Saturday, 12 p.m., live Sky Sports Football

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  • The previous two top MD1 meetings between Livingston and Rangers saw Gers lose 3-0, in 2005-06 and last season. It is the first time Rangers have faced the same side on MD1 in back-to-back top-flight campaigns since meeting Falkirk in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
  • Rangers have won 11 of their last 12 league meetings with Livingston (D1) since a 1-0 defeat in September 2018.
  • Livingston’s last MD1 win of a top-flight season came in 2004-05, losing four of five such matches since (D1).
  • Rangers are unbeaten on MD1 in their last 19 top-flight seasons (W14 D5) since a 1-2 loss to Hearts in 1998-99.
  • Only against St. Johnstone (nine) did Rangers’ James Tavernier have more Scottish Premiership assists than against Livingston (six). The right-back has assisted four of Rangers’ last seven league goals against Livingston.

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Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst believes the Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt makes his side stronger as they prepare for the title race this season.

How to watch: Watch Livingston vs Rangers live on Sky Sports Football from 11 a.m.; Kick off 12 p.m. Follow the action with our dedicated live match blog, including in-game clips, with free highlights posted on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later in the evening.

Saturday July 30 11:00 a.m.


Kick off 12:00 p.m.


Hearts vs. Ross County – Saturday, 3 p.m.

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  • Hearts have lost just one of their last 19 Scottish Premiership games against Ross County (W7 D11), a 0-1 home defeat in March 2017 under Ian Cathro.
  • Ten of the last 13 Scottish Premiership games between Hearts and Ross County have been drawn (two wins for Hearts, one win for Ross County), including seven of the last eight.
  • Hearts beat Celtic 2-1 on last season’s MD1; they last won on the first day of back-to-back top-flight campaigns in a four-season run from 2003-04 to 2006-07.
  • Ross County have won three of their last four MD1 games in the Scottish Premiership (D1), keeping a clean sheet in each of their last three.
  • Hearts and Ross County both finished the 2021-22 season with defeats in each of their last three league games, the longest running losing streaks of any current Scottish Premiership club.

How to follow: Highlights from the free matches will be posted on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later in the evening.

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Hearts are in a good position and will be eager to compete in Europe as well as in the league next season, according to Kris Boyd and Andy Walker.

Kilmarnock v Dundee United – Saturday, 3pm

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  • Kilmarnock and Dundee United last met on MD1 of a top-flight campaign in 2011-12, a 1-1 draw in which Danny Swanson’s equalizer for Tangerines nullified Rory McKeown’s opener for Killie.
  • Dundee United have won just one of their last seven Scottish Premiership away games at Kilmarnock (D2 L4), a 4-2 victory in May 2016 under Gordon Young.
  • Since the start of the 2015-16 season, only one of the nine clubs newly promoted to the Scottish Premiership have lost their first game of the campaign (W5 D3), with Livingston suffering a 1-3 defeat at Celtic in 2018-19.
  • Dundee United are winless in their last three opening games of a Scottish Premiership season (D1 L2), last winning in 2014-15 (3-0 against Aberdeen).
  • Kilmarnock manager Derek McInnes has lost just twice in 11 MD1 games as manager of the Scottish top flight (W4 D5), although one of those two losses was his last game in this guy with Aberdeen in 2020-21 (0-1 v Rangers)

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Former Dundee United defender Mark Wilson believes Jack Ross is the right man to succeed Tam Courts at Tannadice.

How to follow: Highlights from the free matches will be posted on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later in the evening.

St Johnstone vs Hibernian – Saturday, 3pm

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  • St. Johnstone have won just two of their last 11 league meetings with Hibernian (D3 L6) and are winless in their last four (D1 L3) since a 1-0 win in May 2021.
  • Hibernian have won four of their last five Scottish Premiership away games at St. Johnstone (L1), more than they have done in their previous 13 top-flight visits to Saints (W3 D5 L5) .
  • St. Johnstone are winless in their opening game of each of the last four league seasons (D2 L2), although this home game ends a run of five consecutive away MD1 games for the Saints.
  • Hibernian have won on the first day of each of their five Scottish Premiership seasons since promotion in 2017.
  • St. Johnstone’s Jamie Murphy has scored more league goals in Scotland’s top flight against former club Hibernian than against any other opponent, netting eight goals in 18 appearances against Hibs. Murphy has scored just three goals in 37 Scottish Premiership appearances as a Hibs player.

How to follow: Highlights from the free matches will be posted on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later in the evening.

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Kris Boyd and Andy Walker watch how Aberdeen and Hibernian will get along in the new season.

St Mirren v Motherwell – Sunday, 3pm

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  • St. Mirren’s last Scottish Premiership victory at home to Motherwell came in May 2015 under Gary Teale, with the Buddies having failed to win in their six home league games against the Steelmen since promotion in 2018 (D3 L3).
  • Motherwell are unbeaten in their last six Scottish Premiership meetings with St. Mirren (W2 D4) since a 1-0 defeat in December 2020.
  • St. Mirren have won their last two MD1 games at home in the Scottish top flight, against Dundee in 2018-19 and Livingston in 2020-21.
  • Motherwell have lost on Matchday 1 of four of their last five league seasons (D1), their last victory over MD1 in 2016-17 at Kilmarnock (2-1).
  • It will be St. Mirren boss Steve Robinson’s 150th Scottish Premiership game as manager, with 137 of them in charge at Motherwell (W50 D26 L61). Robinson lost his first and only league game against the Steelmen in charge of St. Mirren 4-2 in April last season.

How to follow: Highlights from the free matches will be posted on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later in the evening.

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Motherwell boss Graham Alexander discusses pre-season preparations in Austria and looks ahead to the new campaign.

Celtic vs Aberdeen – Sunday, 4.30pm, live on Sky Sports Football

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Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou is demanding more from his side as they seek to defend the Scottish Premiership title and contest the Champions League.

  • Celtic are unbeaten in their last 17 meetings with Aberdeen in all competitions (W14 D3) since a 0-1 league defeat on the final day of the 2017-18 season.
  • Aberdeen have won just one of their previous six MD1 league matches against Celtic (D1 L4), with that victory dating back to 1935 (3-1).
  • Celtic lost 1-2 to Hearts in their Scottish Premiership opener last season; they have not lost consecutive games on MD1 of a league season since they did so in the 1946-47 and 1947-48 campaigns under Jimmy McGrory.
  • Aberdeen will face the reigning Scottish champions on MD1 of a league season for the first time since 2012-13, also against Celtic, when they lost 1-0 after a Kris Commons winner.
  • When starting a league campaign at home on MD1, Celtic have lost just two of their previous 62 games (W53 D7), both defeats to Morton (now Greenock Morton) in 1946-47 and 1950-51.

How to watch: Watch Celtic vs Aberdeen live on Sky Sports Football from 3:30 p.m.; Kick off 4:30 p.m. Follow the action with our dedicated live match blog, including in-game clips, with free highlights posted on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later in the evening.

Sunday July 31 4:00 p.m.


Kick off 4:30 p.m.


Lance B. Holton