Scottish Premiership fixtures sees Celtic host St Johnstone and Rangers travel to Kilmarnock on first day of season

21 Jun

Celtic begin the defence of their Scottish Premiership title at home when the welcome St. Johnstone on the opening day of the season.

Neil Lennon’s side won their eighth successive crown in May when they beat Aberdeen 3-0 in a season that also saw them win the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup.

Celtic have won eight Scottish Premiership titles
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They held off the challenge of Glasgow rivals Rangers in what was Steven Gerrard’s first season in charge and will now aim for nine-in-a-row.

Saturday August 3

Aberdeen vs Hearts
Celtic vs St. Johnstone
Hibernian vs St. Mirren
Livingston vs Motherwell
Ross County vs Hamilton

Sunday August 4

Kilmarnock vs Rangers

Livingston 1-0 Rangers: Steven Gerrard’s side drop points on the road again with loss to in-form Livi

30 Sep

Rangers missed the chance to rise to second in the Scottish Premiership after losing 1-0 at Livingston.

Dolly Menga’s emphatic finish was all that separated the two sides in a game that was somewhat overshadowed by an incident where an object was thrown at an assistant referee’s head.

Menga’s goal helped Livi rise to third

Along with Celtic and St Mirren, Rangers are one of the only three teams yet to win an away match in the league this season but Steven Gerrard’s men lacked imagination at the Tony Macaroni arena.

The hosts, who are unbeaten since the opening day, showed more hunger in the early stages and should have gone ahead when Alan Lithgow poked the ball wide on the stretch from six yards out.

But Livi did get their goal ten minutes before the break when Menga crashed the ball home following a well worked free-kick manoeuvre.

Rangers improved slightly after the break and almost levelled the score but Alfredo Morelos’ shot was well saved by Liam Kelly.

The contest then came to a halt on 56 minutes when one of the referee’s assistants asked for treatment after being left bloody-headed when an object was thrown at him from the end where the travelling Gers fans were sat.

Linesman left with bloody head after being struck by item allegedly thrown by Rangers fan

It’s not clear what was thrown at the linesman or who did it

As the game went on, Livingston were happy to sit back and let the visitors attack but the only meaningful chance fell to Scott Pitman, who shot straight at Allan McGregor.

The result sees Rangers sixth while Livi rise to third in the table.

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Former Rangers striker Kenny Miller appointed player-manager of Livingston FC and will face Celtic in first league game

30 Jun

Kenny Miller has been appointed the new player-manager of Scottish Premiership side Livingston FC.

Kenny Miller will face former clubs Rangers and Celtic as a manager for the first time this season

The former Rangers striker and vice-captain has signed a two-year deal and will unbelievably face Celtic in his first league game in charge.

Reports on Miller’s move into management emerged on Friday, and the 38-year-old took training at his new club on Saturday morning before Livingston formerly announced his appointment at a press conference in the afternoon.

Miller made over 250 appearances over the spells at Rangers, but controversially left the club at the end of last season when his contract expired.

The forward – who also made 46 appearances for Celtic, winning the 2006/07 league and cup double – succeeds David Hopkins in the hotseat, who stepped down after leading Livi to back-to-back promotions.

Miller left Rangers in the wake of a suspension following an alleged bust-up with sacked manager Graeme Murty.

He and club captain Lee Wallace were fined and suspended by the club, though with the support of PFA Scotland, both launched appeals against the decision.

Miller scored 103 goals in 261 appearances for Rangers

Miller’s first competitive game in charge will be in the League Cup group stages against Airdrieonions on July 14.

Livingston will then face Hamilton Academical, Annan Athletic and Berwick Rangers next month before opening their Premiership season away at champions Celtic on 4 August.

Miller is set to face former club Rangers in the league on September 29, with a trip to Ibrox on November 24.