BBC deal means Friday night for Hibs and Hearts

Four Edinburgh derbies next season will add to the value of the Scottish Championship. Picture: Jane Barlow

Four Edinburgh derbies next season will add to the value of the Scottish Championship. Picture: Jane Barlow

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Hearts and Hibs face the prospect of regular Friday night football next season, with BBC Alba close to securing a deal to broadcast 16 SPFL Championship matches

The majority of those would likely be switched to Friday evenings in the hope of maximising viewing figures. However, the Gaelic station would be limited to two visits per stadium and would have no rights to show Rangers matches as those are part of a separate agreement with Sky Sports and BT Sport.

Further talks are due over the coming weeks but BBC Alba are intent on playing their part in what will be the most intriguing year ever for Scottish football’s second tier. For the first time ever, Rangers and both Edinburgh clubs will play outwith the top flight.

Sky and BT hope to negotiate new agreements to allow them to show Championship games next season. Sky’s current contract gives them rights to 25 Premiership matches and five Rangers fixtures. BT get 30 live Premiership games and another ten involving Rangers.

Four Edinburgh derbies are guaranteed next year in the ten-team Championship and, in total, Rangers will make four visits to the Capital to face Hearts and Hibs twice each. Those games are all big attractions for broadcasters.