Ibrox start for Hearts; Hibs host Livi; Derby next

The first Edinburgh derby of the season will take place at Tynecastle

The first Edinburgh derby of the season will take place at Tynecastle

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Hearts have been handed the toughest start to their 2014/15 Championship campaign with a visit to Ibrox to face Rangers followed by an Edinburgh derby against Hibs.

Hibs open the new season at home to Livingston before heading to Tynecastle for the first ever Capital derby in Scottish football’s second tier.

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The Scottish Professional Football League revealed the fixtures at 9.00am this morning and paired two of the promotion favourites together on the opening day.

The league season is due to begin on Saturday, August 9, but the Hearts-Rangers match is likely to be moved for live television.

Similarly, the Edinburgh derby the following week is expected to be shunted away from its current 3.00pm time slot on Saturday, August 16, as television broadcasters will want to screen it live. The New Year Edinburgh derby is due to take place on Saturday, January 3.

Supporters have been eagerly awaiting the release of the new fixtures ahead of the most exciting second tier in history.

Rangers were League One champions last year and gained automatic promotion to the Championship, whilst Hearts were relegated from the Premiership after a 15-point deduction for entering administration last summer.

Hibs endured the agony of a play-off defeat by Hamilton, losing the second leg 2-0 at Easter Road before being defeated on penalties.

The new season is filled with anticipation as Rangers, Hearts, Hibs, Falkirk, Queen of the South, Raith Rovers and Livingston are all expected to battle for the title and the division’s three play-off places.