/Scottish Premiership top six fixtures as race for Europe heats up

Scottish Premiership top six fixtures as race for Europe heats up

With Celtic moving 13 points clear at the top of the Premiership following yesterday’s win over Rangers, the title race is over bar the shouting.

That doesn’t mean that one of the most exciting seasons in recent memory is a write-off though, with the race for Europe tighter than ever.


With 21 points still to play for, 12 points separate Rangers in second from Hibs in sixth – and that’s before they all play each other.

The post-split games begin on April 20 and continue for the following four weekends, with the final fixtures on Sunday May 19.

While there is still a small chance of Motherwell finishing above Hibs the capital club need just a point from their final two pre-split fixtures to guarantee their place.

That would ensure that this season’s top six is the same as 2017-18, meaning we can work out who should be given three home games of the five, and what the fixtures should be.

Here’s who should get what.




Celtic

Celtic finished the 2017-18 season with three home games, so they’ll have three away fixtures this season.

They’ll have an away game against Rangers, having faced them twice at home already this season, and should be at home to Kilmarnock after two trips to Rugby Park.

Aberdeen and Hibs should be the other away games, with a home fixture against Hearts.

Rangers

Rangers are due three home games this season, after being away from home twice in the last campaign.

One of their away fixtures should be Kilmarnock at Rugby Park, and they’ll have to go to Tynecastle as they face Hearts at home on Wednesday.

The home matches will be be Celtic, Hibs and Aberdeen.




Kilmarnock

Killie had three away games after the split last season, so Steve Clarke’s men should be at home three times for the end of 2018-19.

They should face Rangers, Aberdeen and Hibs in Ayrshire, with tough trips to Celtic Park and Tynecastle making up their away games.

Aberdeen

Derek McInnes and his side have a poor record at Pittodrie this season, so they might be pleased to learn they’ll be away from three of their post-split fixtures.

The Dons will go away to Rangers, Hearts and Kilmarnock, and are due a home game against Hibs.

Celtic will be one of the home games at Pittodrie.




Hearts

Hearts also finished last season with two home games, so are due three this time around.

The Jambos are due to face Celtic and Hibs away, with home games against Kilmarnock, Aberdeen and Rangers.

Hibs

Hibs are due two home games, one of which will be the Edinburgh derby against Hearts.

They’re also due a home clash with Celtic, while they’ll go away to Aberdeen, Kilmarnock and Rangers.

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