By News Team
30th July 2021
The Scottish Premiership season is upon us, and we’ve taken a look at all you need to know – from the important dates on the calendar to key fixtures, to which teams are the favourites for the upcoming campaign.
Read on below to find out more, including the latest football betting odds.
When will the 2021-22 Scottish Premiership start and finish?
The 2021-22 Scottish Premiership start date is on Saturday 31st July as Rangers host Livingston in the opening game of the season, which takes place at 13:30 BST at Ibrox, with the home side 2/11 favourites for victory.
The highlight of the opening weekend of the season takes place later that evening as newly promoted Hearts welcome Celtic to Edinburgh at 20:00 BST in what is set to be a thriller in the capital city. The Hoops are 4/6 favourites to take all three points.
Scottish Premiership fixtures released
The Scottish Premiership fixtures for the 2021-22 season have been released, with all 10 teams playing each other three times ahead of the annual season ‘fixture split’ in April. This sees the top and bottom six teams divided into two groups as they play each side in their respective groups once more before the end of the campaign.
We have listed the fixture list of Scottish Premiership matches for the first month of the season below, with the stand-out fixture the first Glasgow derby of the campaign between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox at the end of August.
Dates and times are subject to change.
Saturday 31 July
13:30 Rangers v Livingston
15:00 Dundee v St. Mirren
15:00 Ross County v St. Johnstone
20:00 Hearts v Celtic
Sunday 1st August
15:00 Aberdeen v Dundee United
16:30 Motherwell v Hibernian
Saturday 7th August
12:30 Dundee United v Rangers
15:00 Hibernian v Ross County
15:00 Livingston v Aberdeen
15:00 St. Mirren v Hearts
Sunday 8th August
15:00 Celtic v Dundee
15:00 St. Johnstone v Motherwell
Saturday 21st August
15:00 Celtic v St. Mirren
15:00 Hearts v Aberdeen
15:00 Livingston v Motherwell
15:00 Ross County v Rangers
15:00 St. Johnstone v Dundee United
Sunday 22nd August
12:00 Dundee v Hibernian
Saturday 28th August
15:00 Aberdeen v Ross County
15:00 Dundee United v Hearts
15:00 Hibernian v Livingston
15:00 Motherwell v Dundee
15:00 St. Mirren v St. Johnstone
Sunday 29th August
12:00 Rangers v Celtic
Scottish Premiership favourites for 2021/22
After securing their first title last season under Steven Gerrard, finishing 25 points ahead of what has been a dominant Celtic team for nearly a decade, Rangers are the favourites to secure back-to-back championships at 4/9. The Gers have impressed both domestically and in Europe, and under Gerrard’s reign they look to have a settled side that can continue their quest for success and add to the Ibrox trophy cabinet this season.
On the other side of Glasgow, Celtic experienced a frustrating season last term as the reigning champions were trailing their arch-rivals for large chunks of the campaign. And after their Champions League qualifier exit earlier this week, the club look to be braced for a transitional period this season under new boss Ange Postecoglou. The Hoops are 7/4 to reclaim the trophy that rested for nearly a decade at Celtic Park.
Such is the Glasgow teams’ dominance in Scottish football, next in the betting to finish first are Aberdeen at 80/1. Without Celtic and Rangers, the Dons are frontrunners at 6/5, while Hibernian are 2/1 ahead of city rivals Hearts at 13/2.
St Johnstone secured a League Cup and Scottish Cup double last season, and Callum Davidson’s side will fancy their chances of at least securing a top-six finish, which can be backed at 6/4.
At the bottom end of the table, Ross County lead the betting at 9/4 to face the drop, closely followed by the Dundee clubs, with Dundee 3/1 and Dundee Utd 5/1 to head down to the Scottish Championship respectively.
Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard still managed to bag 20 goals last season in a difficult campaign for the club, and while he’s 10/3 to claim the top scorer award again this season, he could be heading for pastures new if the club accept bids for the reportedly wantaway attacker. Rangers pair Alfredo Morelos, at 9/2, and Kemar Roofe, at 11/2, are also in the running for the gong.