If all goes to plan – and we’re not being too presumptuous – Celtic should lift the Scottish Premiership trophy presumably at Celtic Park on Saturday 27 May.
The SPFL have released the post-split fixture dates and have now confirmed that fixture round 38 will see the top six conclude on Saturday May 27 with all games kicking off 12.30pm, and SPFL Chief Operating Officer Calum Beattie saying:
“We are very much looking forward to an exciting conclusion to the season across all four divisions, with so much still to play for in the weeks ahead.
“The Premiership split has been part of our game since 2000/01 and the race for the top six invariably creates plenty of drama and talking points. Last season was unprecedented, with an incredible seven clubs vying for three places on the final weekend of pre-split fixtures.
“With so few points between a number of teams, it will likely go down to the wire yet again this year. Scotland will once again have five clubs competing in UEFA competitions in 2023/24, which only adds to the interest as we approach the climax to the season.”
Scottish Premiership post-split fixture dates are as follows…
Round 34 – Weekend of May 6/7
Round 35 – Weekend of May 13/14
Round 36 – Weekend of May 20/21
Round 37 – Midweek of May 23/24
Round 38 – Weekend of May 27/28
Celtic return to league action this Sunday with a trip to Dingwall to face Ross County and next weekend the Glasgow Derby at Celtic Park takes centre stage.
After those games there will only be two more rounds of fixtures to play – Kilmarnock at home and Motherwell away – before the league splits in two to decided the destination of the title as well as European places and relegation and play-off slots for the bottom six.
In truth Celtic should win the title long before the final day of the season, and to all intents and purposes it could be all over bar the shouting – and no doubt plenty of bleating – should Celtic take all six points from their next two fixtures, particularly with Celtic’s goal difference being the equivalent of an extra point. Meaning Celtic would have at least a 12-point advantage should they beat defeat Malky Mackay’s side on Saturday and theRangers at Celtic Park on 8 April.
However, the trophy itself will not be handed out until the final game of the season, so it is certainly worth at least pencilling in 27 May as a possible trophy day celebration at Celtic Park. If you don’t wish to tempt fate that is.