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SFA agrees new TV deal

The Scottish FA has announced a new multi-million pound, four-season deal with Sky Sports.

The agreement allows Sky Sports live rights to the William Hill Scottish Cup, exclusive live rights to Scotland home international challenge matches and rights to cover the Youth Cup until the end of the 2017/18 season in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

The broadcaster has already agreed deals to show all of Scotland's UEFA Euro 2016 and 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches, as well as 30 matches a season from the Scottish Professional Football League.

SFA chief executive Stewart Regan said: "We are delighted to extend our excellent relationship with Sky Sports and look forward to at least another four years of world-class broadcasting of Scottish football's biggest events."

Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis added: "This new deal with the Scottish FA means we've got the best choice of international, league and cup football for our viewers for the next four years.

"Our commitment to Scottish football began on our first day in April 1991, and we're delighted to continue to be able to tell the best stories from Scotland's domestic and international football calendar."