Scottish Premier League 2012-13 fixture list: Celtic kick-off title defence against Aberdeen

With Rangers' involvement still unresolved following their liquidation, 'Club 12' make up the draw for the new season as Neil Lennon's side begin at home
The Scottish Premier League fixtures list for next season has been released including a “Club 12” ahead of the decision on whether Rangers remain in the SPL following the club’s entry into liquidation and reformation under a new identity.

Champions Celtic host Aberdeen at Celtic Park on the opening day, while third-placed Champions League third qualifying round entrants Motherwell start their season away at newly promoted Ross County.

The slated “Club 12” open their campaign with a visit to Kilmarnock, but the identity of this club is yet to be decided.

A vote will be taken on an as yet unnamed date, with Rangers needing the approval of eight of the 12 clubs in the SPL to retain their place in the league.

Should the Gers fail to gain the required support from seven of the 11 other clubs, their place could be taken by either last season’s relegated Dunfermline or Scottish First Division runners-up Dundee.

Scottish Cup winners Hearts host fellow Europa League entrants St Johnstone, while the third Europa League entrant Dundee United will start their season a day later on Sunday August 4 at home to Hibernian.

St Mirren host Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the day’s remaining fixture. has picked out four key matchdays in the SPL fixture list which we think may go a long way to deciding the key issues at both the top and bottom of the league.

22 September 2012 26 December 2012
Aberdeen v Motherwell
Celtic v Club 12
Dundee United v Hearts
Hibernian v Inverness CT
Kilmarnock v St Mirren
Ross County v St Johnstone
Club 12 v Celtic
Dundee United v St Johnstone
Hibernian v Ross County
Inverness CT v St Mirren
Kilmarnock v Hearts
Motherwell v Aberdeen
30 January 2013 6 April 2013
Celtic v Kilmarnock
Hearts v Club 12
Motherwell v Dundee United
Ross County v Hibernian
St Johnstone v Aberdeen
St Mirren v Inverness CT
Celtic v Hibernian
Dundee United v Aberdeen
Hearts v Ross County
Inverness CT v St Johnstone
Kilmarnock v Club 12
Motherwell v St Mirren
Post-split dates

Round 34 - Saturday April 20, 2013
Round 35 - Saturday April 27, 2013
Round 36 - Saturday May 4, 2013
Round 37 - Saturday May 11, 2013
Round 38 - Saturday/Sunday May 18/19, 2013

A full list of the SPL 2012-13 fixtures can be found here.