Premier Sports Cup fixtures revealed with dates, times and TV choices announced and eyes are on Thelin's Aberdeen

-Credit: (Image: Alamy Stock Photo)
-Credit: (Image: Alamy Stock Photo)

New Aberdeen boss Jimmy Thelin will kick off his reign by travelling the length of Scotland for his first competitive clash in the Premier Sports Cup group stage.

The Swede gets things under way on Saturday, July 13 as the Dons take on Queen of the South in front of the TV cameras with a 5.15pm kick-off. The Dons will also be on the box for their game at Pittodrie against Rhys McCabe's Airdrie on Tuesday, July 23. Motherwell, Hibs and Dundee United will also host the Premier Sports cameras but Thelin's Aberdeen will be the only side to be televised twice.

The four group games take place over a fortnight between July 13 and 27 with group winners and the best-placed runners-up going into the last 16 for the knockout games in August. SPFL chief operating officer Calum Beattie said: “We are pleased to be able to announce the schedule and TV selections for the group stage of next season’s Premier Sports Cup and very much look forward to the tournament kicking off in mid-July.

“Today’s publication of the fixture list follows the recent announcement of record prize and TV money of over £3.5m for the 2024/25 Premier Sports Cup, which will see the winners receive £400,000 and each participating club guaranteed at least £30,000.”

Premier Sports Cup calendar

Group stage – four matchdays between July 13 and 27

Second round - Weekend of August 17/18

Quarter-finals - Weekend of September 21/22

Semi-finals - Weekend of November 2/3

Final - Sunday December 15