Next season's fixture lists are beginning to be announced, meaning football fever for fans. Lets take a look Scottish Premiership 2015 - 2016 Opening Day Logoat the Scottish Premiership 2015 - 2016 opening day and what the fixtures mean for the clubs involved. Firstly the big news is that Glasgow Rangers have been stalled in their campaign to return to the Scottish Premiership. They reached the finals of the relegation playoffs, beating out Championship rivals Queen of the South and Hibernian for a shot at promotion. But Motherwell-the second-to-the-bottom football club from the 2014 2015 Premiership-successfully held the Glasgow side off to maintain their position in the top-flight.

Now, with Scotland's most successful football club disappointingly stuck in the second division for another year, how will next year's Premiership shape up? The opening day schedule has been announced for the forthcoming season, with top-flight Scottish football competition set to begin on August 1st. Read on to see our predictions for the six different match-ups.

Celtic vs. Ross County

Dundee United vs. Aberdeen

The Celtic match is high-profile just by virtue of featuring the defending Premiership champions, but this fixture between Dundee United and Aberdeen will arguably be the one to watch on opening day. Last year, Dundee United flirted with the first place spot throughout the first half of the season before completely falling apart in February. Dundee ultimately fell to fourth place in the league, while Aberdeen took second place. Aberdeen won two of their four head-to-head fixtures, but lost to Dundee 0-3 on opening day. In other words, this match-up could go either way.

Hamilton Academical vs. Partick Thistle 

Hamilton and Partick finished the 2014 2015 season right next to one another on the Premiership table, in seventh and eighth place respectively. Partick have done relatively well since securing promotion out of the Championship in 2013 2014. In fact, we'd give Partick Thistle the edge here-if only for the massive 5-0 victory they scored against Hamilton Academical in January.

Heart of Midlothian vs. St. Johnstone

It's always tough to predict how a recently promoted team will perform when exposed to the heftier pressures of a top-flight division. As a result, this match-up is the most difficult to predict of all of the opening day Premiership fixtures. On the one hand, the Hearts won 29 games last year in the Championship, only losing three and drawing the other four. On the other hand, Johnstone finished in fourth in the Premiership in 2014 2015. We'll go out on a limb and say that Heart of Midlothian will make their big return to the Premiership in style, but this one could go either way.

Inverness CT vs. Motherwell

This one is easy. Motherwell may have shown signs of life in the relegation playoffs (though, to be fair, they were playing well rested football against a Rangers team that had fought through two playoff stages to reach the finals), but they will almost certainly lose on opening day. Inverness CT finished in third place on last year's Scottish Premiership table, and are one of the football clubs to watch this year.

Kilmarnock vs. Dundee

Interestingly, these two teams both won 11 of their Premiership matches last year, even though Kilmarnock finished 10th and Dundee ended up sixth. Kilmarnock also lost a lot more games, including their two most recent head-to-head bouts with Dundee. The home field advantage may help them slightly, but we'd still bet on Dundee to win this one.

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