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All of the matches will be screened live on BT Sport, with the final shoot-out taking place on Sunday, May 31.

 

The play-offs will begin on Saturday, May 9 at 5.30pm as the side that finishes third in the Championship - either Rangers or Hibernian - face Queens.

 

The return leg will then be played eight days later on Sunday, May 17 with a 3.30pm kick-off.

 

The winner of that tie will then face the sides that finishes second over two legs on Wednesday, May 20 and Saturday, May 23, with the ties kicking-off at 7.45pm and 12noon respectively.

 

And that will then set the stage for the final shot at glory as the last Championship team standing faces the side that ends up second bottom of the Premiership this term.

 

The first leg of the final will be played on Thursday, May 28 at 7.45pm before the last 90 minutes of the domestic campaign gets under way three days later.

THE SPFL today confirmed the schedule for the six Premiership play-off clashes as Rangers, Hibernian and Queen of the South bid for a place in Scotland's top flight.

 

All of the matches will be screened live on BT Sport, with the final shoot-out taking place on Sunday, May 31.

 

With the race to finish best of the rest in the second tier set to go down to the wire on Saturday and the Premiership battle still to be decided, the season is set for a thrilling finale.

 

Neil Doncaster, SPFL chief executive, said: "We're delighted this exclusive deal with BT Sport allows us to move our live TV coverage on to another level. Last season the final was broadcast live, but for this season we will see all six Scottish Premiership play-off matches live on BT Sport.

 

"The Scottish Premiership play-offs have breathed new life into Scottish football and we await another six massive games this May with both BT Sport and BBC Scotland."

 

Simon Green, Sports Channels Director at BT Sport, said: "BT Sport is proud to enhance its partnership with Scottish football. Audiences for our SPFL televised coverage are growing and our exclusive televised coverage of the play-offs builds on our offering to Scottish football fans."

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So the SPFL sell the broadcasting rights for all of the matches to BT Sport, thus potentially reducing the gate receipts for the clubs, but also demand payment of 50% of the gross gate receipt takings before costs? Between that and the BT Sport decided match scheduling, it's a complete joke.

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That's not that many.

 

As opposed to Motherwell who will only face 2 in 3 days - it most certainly WILL make a difference when one team plays 6 (if it is us or Queens) when your opponent only plays two and is fresher.

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http://www.rangers.co.uk/news/academy-news/item/9157-club-statement

 

 

 

THE Board of Rangers International Football Club has today informed the SPFL of their intention that Rangers season ticket holders will not be charged to attend the play off matches at Ibrox.

 

These games are to be played between May 9 and May 31 and the Club believes supporters who bought tickets for the entire season should not be asked to pay more.

 

It is fundamentally wrong to ask supporters to pay for season tickets and then, at the end of the campaign, expect them to pay again to watch what will now be the most important matches of that same season.

 

The Club wishes to express its gratitude to all of those who bought tickets and also point out that a sensible pricing policy for play-off tickets, other than season tickets, will be announced soon so that as many Rangers fans as possible can be at Ibrox to help drive their team towards the Premiership.

 

We have gone through the correct channels and it should also be made clear that Rangers will comply fully with Rule C26 and pay a levy of 50% of the other ticket prices. Rangers recognises fully the SPFL’s desire to help their member clubs but as well as having a responsibility to the game in general Rangers has to be mindful of their own fans at all times.

 

Even so, it should be noted that Rangers is not the first Club to allow season ticket holders into the play offs free of additional charge. The SPFL Board gave Hibernian permission to allow their season ticket holders free entry into their play-off match last season therefore setting a precedent.

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As opposed to Motherwell who will only face 2 in 3 days - it most certainly WILL make a difference when one team plays 6 (if it is us or Queens) when your opponent only plays two and is fresher.

 

Frankly I think we need games to get it right.

 

Plus motherwell have 3 or 4 more league games than us to play.

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