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SKY announce new five year SPL TV deal

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Since Rangers went into meltdown, the likes of SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster have raised fears and published statements that if Rangers newco was blocked from entry into Scotland’s top flight, that the broadcaster would walk away.

At this moment in time no figures have been published yet, but it is safe to say that the £80 million deal that was previously on the table has now been renegotiated at a lower rate.

The new deal which will see Celtic’s home game against Aberdeen shown live on 4th August, and then Rangers’ Division Three game versus Peterhead shown live on the 11th August, still needs to be ratified by the league’s member clubs.

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.”

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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