By Jonty Banks

26th Apr, 2023 | 12:10pm

Daily Record: Rangers fixtures on Sky are 'bonkers' with SPFL decision made

The Daily Record has labelled the Sky Sports schedule for some of Rangers fixtures as “bonkers” after the SPFL announced the post-split fixture list for 2022/23 on Tuesday (25 April).

The schedule for the final five fixture rounds has been confirmed, with Rangers set to face Ange Postecolgou’s Celtic at Ibrox on Saturday 13 May, as well as Hibernian on 21 May, among others.

However, the Daily Record has questioned the choice to put this clash against Hibs on Sky Sports, while Hearts against Aberdeen isn’t available to watch on the same weekend, as well as the Edinburgh derby missing from TV schedules a week later on 27 May.

“Deciding to air Hibs against Rangers on the Sunday only compounds the choice to overlook Hearts against Dons,” the Daily Record wrote (Wednesday, 26 April, page 51).

“Hearts’ quota that can be aired at home will be filled after the Celtic game but that Staggies choice certainly stings now.

“Hibs remain outsiders to finish top three and there’s a high chance Rangers’ slimmest of title hopes will be extinguished by matchday 36.

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“And in another point, the Edinburgh derby will again not be on TV…just like the last one. Bonkers.”

A little strange

Although Rangers fans will be pleased in the knowledge that they will be able to watch their side take on Hibernian in May, it does seem a little bit of a strange decision considering the Gers’ title hopes are all but over, while Hearts and Aberdeen could be in for a tight battle for third.

Aberdeen’s 2-0 win over Michael Beale’s side moved them points clear of fourth place in the Scottish Premiership, but if results slide a little before the match against Hearts, this could be a season-defining clash for both sides.

As has become custom in the Premier League, as well as Scottish football, there does seem to be favouritism towards the bigger teams in each league.

Although this could be explained by the larger viewing figures that Rangers could pull to weekly matches, in this case, it does seem a strange choice.

Despite the disappointment for both Hearts and Aberdeen fans, Gers supporters will be happy to see their side taking a central role in the Sky Sports scheduling list.

In other Rangers news, Ally McCoist has named the player who “has to play” against Celtic at Hampden Park.