Scottish Premiership given green light for 1 August kick-off

The Scottish Premiership season will kick off on 1 August after receiving written approval from the Scottish government.

The Scottish FA confirmed the plan, which comes in the wake of the first minister’s announcement of phase three of the route out of lockdown.

The government has also confirmed that clubs can arrange friendly matches with immediate effect.

That is provided players are subject to weekly testing from 13 July.

With the Premiership kick-off only three weeks away, Rangers and Hamilton Academical poised to be quickest off the mark with a friendly at the Ibrox club’s training ground on Friday afternoon.