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4 hours ago, Fudger said:

Supposed to play stewarton United at RP until there was a massive furore and they then put out the youth team. Did we no play Motherwell behind closed doors just after? 

We did play 'Well, but wasn't behind closed doors

I managed to make it through, after finding out about it an hour before kick off

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The BBC saying that the SPFL will have to fit in: 6 international breaks. The Betfred Cup, The previous Scottish cup semis n final, along with european games from last season and this season. Which is said to leave clubs with 1 free week to get postponed fixtures to be get played.

Bet now they'd wish theyve got a plastic pitch cause the grass will be wrecked with constant games.

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What's the format for the League Cup ? Surely it has to be straight knockout this season, we can't fit in the regional league sections. It did mention that games would be played during the international break with the four European teams given byes. Teams wouldn't be able to postpone games if they had players on international duty, like Findlay or Brophy. Shouldn't be too much of a problem if it is seeded as normal, Championship clubs will hardly have started playing. 

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8 minutes ago, Wrangodog said:

What's the format for the League Cup ? Surely it has to be straight knockout this season, we can't fit in the regional league sections. It did mention that games would be played during the international break with the four European teams given byes. Teams wouldn't be able to postpone games if they had players on international duty, like Findlay or Brophy. Shouldn't be too much of a problem if it is seeded as normal, Championship clubs will hardly have started playing. 

Groups still, by the looks of it

 

After three months of votes, controversy and disputes, the new season is looming on the horizon with the Premiership fixtures to be released at 09:00 BST on Monday.

The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown up all sorts of scheduling issues for the SPFL, with the winter break scrapped in a bid to accommodate all of next season's fixtures.

Here, BBC Scotland examines what we know about how next season will look.

The task

Where do we start? As well as the usual jam-packed schedule, we've got to fit in delayed international and European fixtures, last season's Scottish Cup semi-finals and final, and the group stages of this season's League Cup later than planned.

The SPFL has described the strain on fixtures as "enormous", with just one spare week to play any postponed games before the split. In other words, we need to hope for a warm and dry Scottish winter...

SPFL warns of 'enormous' fixture strain

How are they fitting them all in?

With some difficulty, is the short answer. Some clubs face playing up to four games in the space of eight days, though if everything goes smoothly then this will be avoided.

SPFL secretary Iain Blair told BBC Scotland last week that we will likely see Premiership fixtures on European nights, which leagues usually abstain from doing under instruction from Uefa.

However, European football's governing body is sympathetic to the current congestion, referring to the "calendar hardship" imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Whether they allow league games up against European matches to be televised - which becomes more crucial when fans cannot attend - is another matter. They usually insist any televised league game ends at least 15 minutes before a Champions League or Europa League tie kicks off.

Will the Old Firm games be delayed?

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has spoken about the potential for the Old Firm derbies with Rangers to be pushed back and played when fans are allowed back into stadiums.

As much as many may like the idea, Blair confirmed this was never an option due to tight scheduling, plus other factors which need to be considered when plotting these games into the calendar.

What we do know is the first derby will take place between round two and round 11 of the Premiership, and another will be on or around 2 January at Ibrox in order to mark the 50th anniversary of the Ibrox stadium disaster.

The third and final pre-split match could be any time before round 34.

What about Hearts' legal challenge?

Dundee United will be the team on the fixture list after their promotion from the Championship, despite Hearts' legal action to have themselves reinstated in the top flight in United's place.

The case will now proceed to arbitration, and if the outcome ends up altering who is in the Premiership then the fixtures will be changed to suit. Though it would not be as simple as swapping the names on the list due to the different factors - like policing - that affect scheduling.

And the cups?

It's expected that all teams will participate in next season's League Cup, despite it being optional. It will start during the first international break in early October, with teams competing in Europe - Celtic, Rangers, Motherwell and Aberdeen - given the usual bye to the last 16.

Any teams who lose players to international duty for the group stage - Hearts' Craig Gordon or Steven Naismith may be examples - will just have to grin and bear it. The semi-finals and final will be pushed back to next year, rather than the cup finishing before Christmas.

As for the Scottish Cup, the plan is to finish last season's semi-finals and final before the end of 2020. Scrapping replays from the fourth round onwards is being considered, while the final for next season is pencilled in for 8 May.

That's before the end of the league campaign, because Hampden has to be readied to host European Championship matches in early June.

 

 

 

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13 minutes ago, Wrangodog said:

What's the format for the League Cup ? Surely it has to be straight knockout this season, we can't fit in the regional league sections. It did mention that games would be played during the international break with the four European teams given byes. Teams wouldn't be able to postpone games if they had players on international duty, like Findlay or Brophy. Shouldn't be too much of a problem if it is seeded as normal, Championship clubs will hardly have started playing. 

Still groups. But clubs can voluntarily enter.

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4 minutes ago, Pride_of_ayrshire said:

Still groups. But clubs can voluntarily enter.

I don't think any club has said they will drop out, added revenue for clubs not playing until October. 

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Don’t want to start off against either of the Glasgow two but I’d like to get an away game in against them early on especially behind closed doors. Take away the big crowd even at a half full stadium and I reckon they lose a bit of their edge. 

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2 hours ago, piffer said:

Don’t want to start off against either of the Glasgow two but I’d like to get an away game in against them early on especially behind closed doors. Take away the big crowd even at a half full stadium and I reckon they lose a bit of their edge. 

Agreed. I'd quite like to be at Parkhead and Ibrox in opening games of the season without the intimidating crowd.

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It’s a tough start but a couple of those games I’m quite happy will be in empty stadiums.

Great set of fixtures around Christmas. Hopefully back in stadiums as normal by then. 

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Maybe I’ve missed something, but why are most of the games on Saturday at 3? 
Why aren’t the games spread out more like on Friday nights or Saturday nights. If there’s no crowds what does it matter? 

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45 minutes ago, Gaz of the 20/20 said:

We are in safe hands with the management team, give them a chance.

Hopefully the fans will get behind them. It's a long season so the true supporters will get behind the boys 

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23 hours ago, Wrangodog said:

I don't think any club has said they will drop out, added revenue for clubs not playing until October. 

I heard on sportsound that the lesser clubs won’t have to enter the LC  but they will receive the monies due nevertheless .

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Also been announce that BBC sportscene is now back on Saturday nights , with the new contract .....hopefully will be more than a few minutes of (Positive ) highlights from our games 

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