Celtic host Rangers in second game after Premiership split

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    Celtic have won twice at Ibrox this season, with the other Old Firm league game a 0-0 draw at Celtic Park

    The final Old Firm Premiership match of the season has been scheduled for 29 April at Celtic Park, during the second round of post-split fixtures.

    Celtic need one more win to clinch a seventh successive title and go to Hibernian on the prior weekend.

    There will be a midweek Edinburgh derby, with Hearts hosting Hibs on 9 May.

    Kilmarnock and Hearts will both make a third visit to Rangers because of an imbalance in the system.

    Rangers, who meet Celtic in a Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday, have already faced all five of their top-six rivals twice at home.

    The Scottish top flight has split in two after 33 rounds of fixtures since season 2000-01.

    Since crowd troubled marred a derby game in 1999 in which Rangers won at Celtic Park to secure the Scottish Premier League title, the final Old Firm league derby of any given season has tended to be deliberately scheduled to avoid a potential league-settling encounter.

    However, such a scenario will play out if Celtic fail to win at Easter Road and Rangers or Aberdeen win their games on the same weekend.

    In the bottom half of the table, last-placed Partick Thistle take on Ross County, currently one point better off, at Firhill on Friday 4 May.

    Celtic end the season at home to Aberdeen, while Hibs host Rangers. The Dons, runners-up for the past three campaigns, and second-placed Rangers are currently locked on points, with Hibs just three behind.

    If Kilmarnock make it six league wins in a row at Hamilton on Saturday, Steve Clarke’s in-form side will go into the split four points behind Hibs.

    A spokesman for the Scottish Professional Football League said: “We want to thank supporters for the patience they have shown during the compilation of the post-split fixture schedule.

    “Working with the 12 clubs, Police Scotland and our broadcast partners to produce a set of fixtures that meets everyone’s requirements can often be a complex and time-consuming process, but fans can now look forward to an exciting conclusion to the Ladbrokes Premiership campaign.”

    Scottish Premiership post-split fixtures

    Saturday 21 April

    Hibernian v Celtic

    Kilmarnock v Aberdeen

    Dundee v St Johnstone

    Partick Thistle v Hamilton Accies

    Ross County v Motherwell

    Sunday 22 April

    Rangers v Hearts

    Friday 27 April

    Aberdeen v Hearts

    Saturday 28 April

    Hibernian v Kilmarnock

    Hamilton Accies v Ross County

    Motherwell v Dundee

    St Johnstone v Partick Thistle

    Sunday 29 April

    Celtic v Rangers

    Friday 4 May

    Partick Thistle v Ross County

    Saturday 5 May

    Aberdeen v Hibernian

    Rangers v Kilmarnock

    Dundee v Hamilton Accies

    Motherwell v St Johnstone

    Sunday 6 May

    Hearts v Celtic

    Tuesday 8 May

    Aberdeen v Rangers

    Hamilton Accies v St Johnstone

    Partick Thistle v Motherwell

    Ross County v Dundee

    Wednesday 9 May

    Celtic v Kilmarnock

    Hearts v Hibernian

    Saturday 12 May

    Dundee v Partick Thistle

    Motherwell v Hamilton Accies

    St Johnstone v Ross County

    Sunday 13 May

    Celtic v Aberdeen

    Hibernian v Rangers

    View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/43728201

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