The 2021/22 Scottish Premier League matches will be announced soon! But when does the season start? What about Europe? And when does the transfer window open and close?
A remarkable domestic campaign for 2020/21 has come to an end and Euro 2020 is now the focus.
The European Championship – the first major international tournament for which Scotland has qualified since 1998 – runs from 11 June to 11 July.
But the Scottish domestic season is just around the corner, starting less than three weeks later.
It was Rangers who stormed to a historic Scottish Premiership title last year and went unbeaten all season.
However, Celtic have now appointed Ange Postecoglou to replace Neil Lennon as they look to close the gap with their big rivals.
With match list announcements fast approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
Steven Gerrard’s undefeated Rangers were crowned champions of the 2020/21 Scottish Premiership
Celtic have now officially appointed Ange Postecoglou to replace Neil Lennon
When will the matches be announced?
The matches for the 2021/22 Scottish Premier League campaign will be officially announced on Tuesday 15 June at 9am BST.
It won’t just be Scotland’s best knowledge of their opponents on opening day, with games announced for all 42 teams across the four senior divisions.
The announcements come the day before the English Premier League games and just over a week before the English Football League games are announced on Thursday, June 24.
When does the season start?
For the first time since 2011, all four Scottish divisions will start on the weekend of Saturday 31 July.
It means that there are less than three weeks between the conclusion of the European Championships and the start of the domestic campaign.
With an early start, the SPFL also confirmed that the 2021/22 season will see the return of a winter break, which will last from Monday, January 3 to Friday, January 21.
Will Europe disrupt the start of the season?
The newly formed Europa Conference League gets underway in the 2021-22 campaign
For those qualifying for European competition, the start of the season is often a difficult balancing act to negotiate.
And that certainly applies to a number of teams in the Scottish Premiership this season.
Despite winning the league, Rangers will have to qualify if they want to reach the Champions League for the first time since 2010.
They go straight to the third qualifying round, which means they have to negotiate two two-legged tires to advance to the group stage.
The third qualifying round will be played on August 3/4 & 10, with the final Play-off round on August 17/18 & 24/25.
Meanwhile, Celtic will participate in the second qualifying round, which will take place on 20/21 & 27/28 July.
As for the Europa League, St Johnstone will take part in the third qualifying round, played on August 5-12, which they will have to negotiate ahead of the final Play-off round on August 19-26.
And then there’s the inaugural Europa Conference League campaign – which St Johnstone could face with a defeat in their Europa League qualifiers.
Hibernian and Aberdeen will compete in the Europa Conference League in the second qualifying round.
|Round||first leg||second leg|
|Round 1||8 July||July 15|
|Round 2||July 22||July 29|
|Round 3||August 5||August 12|
|Play-off round||August 19||August 26|
What about the transfer window?
The summer transfer window officially opens on Wednesday, June 9, and will remain open for 12 weeks.
Of course, there will be less transfer activity during Euro 2020, but clubs can make purchases before, during and after the tournament.
The window will close at 11pm BST on August 31, meaning Scottish teams can still sign players well into the 2021/22 campaign.