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BT Sport will launch its coverage of the new Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL), with a clash between Partick Thistle and Dundee United.

The Jags play host to the Tangerines in a Friday evening fixture live on BT's new sports platform on August 2nd.

This will be the first of 30 exclusive live matches from the SPFL to air on BT Sport during the 2013-14 season - and BT broadband customers will be able to watch every game for free.

Also on the TV roster is an early-season clash between Aberdeen and last season's champions Celtic at Pittodrie on August 17th.

And Rangers will make their debut in front of the BT Sport cameras on August 10th, when third-tier rivals Brechin City visit Ibrox.

The Gers' trip to Airdrieonians on August 23rd will also be televised.

Simon Green, Head of BT Sport, said the firm was "delighted" to announce its first batch of live games from Scotland.

"The trip north for Celtic to Aberdeen will be an early test of whether they have the resolve to retain their title," he commented.

"Thistle fans will ensure a heated atmosphere for the return of their ex-manager Jackie McNamara, and Motherwell will offer us an early glimpse of whether Stuart McCall can take the huge step of overturning the current Celtic monopoly at the top of the table."

Mr Green said BT Sport was also "delighted" to follow the "dramatic story" of Rangers, as Ally McCoist aims to drag the blue half of the Old Firm back up through the divisions.

"As Rangers found last year in the fourth tier, every club will be looking to take their scalp and Airdrieonians FC and Brechin City will be no different," he stated.

The BT Sport Chief said the new channels will have "a great selection" of live action from the SPFL this season, and fans will be "well served" by the broadcaster.

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