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Celtic travel to St Johnstone

Scottish champions Celtic kick off the defence of their Scottish Premiership title with a midweek trip to St Johnstone on August 13.

New manager Ronny Delia takes his Hoops to Perth first, before former owner Fergus McCann returns to Parkhead to unfurl the club's third successive championship flag on Saturday, August 16 against Dundee United with Celtic Park out of action seven days earlier due to the Commonwealth Games.

Newly-promoted Dundee's first game back in the top flight is at home to Kilmarnock while the 'new firm' of Aberdeen and Dundee United clash at Pittodrie.

Hamilton Accies, who earned their place among Scotland's elite at the expense of Hibernian last season, kick off their campaign when entertaining Inverness Caley Thistle at New Douglas Park.

Motherwell, who edged out Aberdeen to secure second place in the table last month, are at home to Tommy Craig's St Mirren while Scottish Cup holders St Johnstone travel to Dingwall to face Ross County.

Four days later, the first derby of the season sees Hamilton travel to neighbours Motherwell while fellow-new boys Dundee must wait until September 20 before entertaining their closest rivals United at Dens Park.

New Year's Day is 'derby day' in Scotland with the Dundee duo renewing rivalries at Tannadice, Aberdeen entertaining St Johnstone, Motherwell travelling to New Douglas Park, Thistle hosting Celtic, Ross County taking on Inverness and Kilmarnock making the short trip to St Mirren.