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Rangers will begin the 2022/23 Scottish Premiership season in front of the Sky Sports cameras with a lunchtime trip to face Livingston on Saturday July 30 at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst's side, who will be seeded in the Champions League third qualifying round ahead of the new campaign, then host Kilmarnock on August 6 before St Johnstone visit Ibrox on August 13.

The first Old Firm clash of the new season is at Celtic Park on September 3 with Rangers' opening encounter at home to their Glasgow rivals pencilled in for January 2.

There is a mid-season break due to the World Cup in Qatar, with Rangers' final fixture before the hiatus seeing them travel to St Mirren; Hibernian then travel to Ibrox on December 17 before Rangers head to Ross County on Christmas Eve.

The regular campaign concludes for last season's Scottish Premiership runners-up with a trip to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen on April 22.

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Rangers' 2022/23 Scottish Premiership fixtures

All fixtures subject to change.

July

30: Livingston (a) - live on Sky Sports

August

6: Kilmarnock (h)

13: St Johnstone (h)

20: Hibernian (a)

27: Ross County (h)

September

3: Celtic (a)

10: Aberdeen (a)

17: Dundee Utd (h)

October

1: Hearts (a)

8: St Mirren (h)

15: Motherwell (a)

22: Livingston (h)

29: Aberdeen (h)

November

5: St Johnstone (a)

9: Hearts (h)

12: St Mirren (a)

December

17: Hibernian (h)

24: Ross County (a)

28: Motherwell (h)

January

2: Celtic (h)

7: Dundee Utd (a)

14: Kilmarnock (a)

28: St Johnstone (h)

February

1: Hearts (a)

4: Ross County (h)

18: Livingston (a)

25: Hibernian (a)

March

4: Kilmarnock (h)

18: Motherwell (a)

April

1: Dundee Utd (h)

8: Celtic (a)

15: St Mirren (h)

22: Aberdeen (a)

Post-split dates

May 6

May 13

May 20

May 24

May 27

Key dates for the 2022/23 season

The Scottish Premiership season will begin on the weekend of July 30/31.

It will take a break in the middle of the season to accommodate the first ever winter World Cup, pausing on the weekend of November 12/13, before resuming on the weekend of December 17/18.

The season will end on the weekend of May 27/28.

The Premier Sports Cup final will be held on Sunday February 26 while the date for the Scottish Cup final is yet to be confirmed.

The Europa League final will be played on May 31 in Budapest, the Europa Conference League final will be on June 7 in Prague and the Champions League final is scheduled for June 10 in Istanbul.

Doncaster: It promises to be another exciting season

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SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster looks ahead to the new season, discusses the introduction of VAR, growth of the Scottish Women's Premier League and much more

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster expects another "gripping" season of Scottish Premiership football, live on Sky Sports.

"We've enjoyed a really positive relationship with Sky for many, many years. It's been a great partnership, we've seen audiences growing in terms of viewers on Sky Sports in recent years and I think a huge part of that is the partnership and the way in which we've developed that partnership with Sky.

"We're very grateful for the support that Sky continues to give the whole of the Scottish game and we're really looking forward to Sky Sports again exclusively presenting the cinch Premiership live again next season.

"There's a huge amount to look forward to and part of that is indeed the women's game.

SWFL company secretary Molly Hyde (left) and interim managing director Fiona McIntyre (right) join SPFL CEO Neil Doncaster in celebrating the formal adoption of the new format of the women’s game in Scotland

Image: Elite women's football in Scotland is now part of the SPFL

"Next season the top two divisions of the women's league will come under the remit of the SPFL and we're very excited about that.

"I think it's a hugely exciting development in the game in Scotland. We've seen the growth in women's football across the globe and we want to be a part of that.

"It's been led very much by the clubs and we're certainly hopeful that we'll be able to give whatever support we can to maximise the potential that undoubtedly exists in women's football in Scotland."

'We wanted to get it right with VAR'

VAR will be introduced in the Scottish Premiership during the 2022/23 season

Image: VAR will be introduced in the Scottish Premiership during the 2022/23 season

Video Assistant Referees will be introduced in the Scottish Premiership from the middle of the new season.

All 42 Scottish Professional Football League clubs voted on the proposal with 41 in favour and the technology will be implemented after December's World Cup in Qatar.

Doncaster said: "We were keen not to be early adopters of this technology. We've seen some of the teething problems that its introduction has caused in some other leagues so we were keen to ensure we took advantage of the learnings from those leagues before we implemented it in Scotland.

"We're not quite ready to launch at the start of the season but, in partnership with the Scottish FA, we're very hopeful that VAR will launch partway through the season and hopefully achieve less controversy than perhaps we've seen in recent seasons.

"It's a difficult job that the referees have so any support that they can have I'm sure will be appreciated."

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