Sky Sports new deal means coverage of Scottish league football for at least five years

A new deal between Sky Sports and the Scottish Premier League (SPL) will guarantee the continued coverage of Scottish League football for at least another five years.

Sky Sports' coverage of this year’s campaign will begin with Celtic v Aberdeen this Saturday.

The deal will also include live Rangers newco matches from the Scottish Football League - beginning with the club’s opening clash away to Peterhead on August 11.

The new deal will also include 30 live matches each season, including five featuring Newco Rangers in the SFL, multi-platform coverage across TV, online, mobile and tablet devices through Sky Go, and extra programming covering highlights and news analysis.

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: "We've supported Scottish football since we started over 20 years ago, and have always wanted to continue that commitment.

"Our viewers will see the SPL for five more years and our schedule includes the opening league match for Celtic. We will also follow Rangers as they plot their way back to Scottish football's top flight.

"Clubs now have certainty over their income and exposure across the UK and Ireland and we look forward to the new season."

Also included in the Sky Sports schedule are all of Scotland's home internationals, including World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Macedonia in September; the Scottish Cup; plus U21s and U16s fixtures.