Edinburgh area pre-season friendlies we know about, including Hearts, Hibs, Spartans, Man Utd & Lyon

The Edinburgh & Lothians pre-season friendlies we know about so far, including Hearts, Hibs, Spartans, Manchester United and Lyon
Former Manchester United defender Wes Brown promoting the match against Lyon at BT MurrayfieldFormer Manchester United defender Wes Brown promoting the match against Lyon at BT Murrayfield
Former Manchester United defender Wes Brown promoting the match against Lyon at BT Murrayfield

Pre-season isn’t far away and Hearts and Hibs have now announce first-team friendly fixtures against Dumfermline and FC Edinburgh, while games involving their younger players have been confirmed.

Hibs face FC Edinburgh at Meadowbank on July 1 and Hearts face Dunfermline at East End Park on Sunday, July 9.

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Hearts B team are away to Whitehill Welfare on Saturday July 8; away to Preston Athletic on Wednesday July 12; away to Dunbar on Saturday July 15 and Broxburn Athletic on Tuesday July 18. Hearts U18s are also away to Whitburn on Saturday, July 22.

A Hibs XI will travel to take on Dunbar United on Tuesday, July 4 at New Countess Park before heading further down the A1 to take on Berwick Rangers on Saturday, July 8.

The Viaplay League Cup group stage fixtures, involving Livingston, FC Edinburgh, Bonnyrigg Rose and Spartans, have been announced. Spartans prepare for their first season as an SPFL club with games at home to Tynecastle and Brora Rangers. Bonnyrigg Rose will prepare with a game away to Pollok but FC Edinburgh have yet to announce any pre-season friendlies.

Perhaps the most eye-catching pre-season friendly announced so far in Edinburgh is Manchester United agains Lyon at at Murrayfield on Wednesday, July 19. Here is a selection of the some of the pre-season games in the Edinburgh and Lothians we know about so far:

Saturday, June 24

Linlithgow Rose v Raith Rovers (2.30pm)

Saturday, July 1

Bathgate Thistle v Edinburgh United (2.30pm)

Berwick Rangers v Haddington Athletic (3pm)

FC Edinburgh v Hibs (3pm)

Linlithgow Rose v Whitburn Juniors (2.30pm)

Livingston v Queen of the South (tbc)

Pollok v Bonnyrigg Rose (2pm)

Tuesday, July 4

Bathgate Thistle v Livingston B (7.30pm)

Bo’ness United v Lothian Thistle HV (7.30pm)

Broxburn Athletic v Tranent Juniors (7.30pm)

Dunbar United v Hibernian XI (7.30pm)

Linlithgow Rose v Stenhousemuir (7.45pm)

Livingston v Alloa Athletic (tbc)

Tynecastle v Spartans (7.45pm)

Saturday, July 8

Bathgate Thistle v Heriot-Watt University (2.30pm)

Berwick Rangers v Hibernian XI (3pm)

Haddington Athletic v East Stirlingshire (3pm)

Penicuik Athletic v Arthurlie (2pm)

Spartans v Brora Rangers (3pm)

Tranent v Stenhousemuir (3pm)

Whitburn v Caledonian Locomotives (tbc)

Whitehill Welfare v Hearts XI (2.30pm)

Sunday, July 8

Dunfermline Athletic v Hearts (3pm)

Tuesday, July 11

Linlithgow Rose v Drumchapel United (7.45pm)

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Newtongrange Star v Musselburgh Athletic (Ainslie Park, 7.30pm)

Tranent v Dunbar United (7.30pm)

Whitburn v Bathgate Thistle (7.30pm)

Wednesday, July 12

Preston Athletic v Hearts B (7.30pm)

Friday, July 14

Whitburn Juniors v Livingston U18 (tbc)

Saturday, July 15

Viaplay League Cup: Brechin City v Livingston (3pm)

Viaplay League Cup: Inverness CT v Bonnyrigg Rose (3pm)

Viaplay League Cup: Spartans v Dundee United (3pm)

Dunbar United v Hearts XI (2.30pm)

Easthouses Lily v Bathgate Thistle (2.30pm)

East Stirlingshire – Lothian Thistle HV (venue tbc, 3pm)

Fauldhouse United v Shotts Bon Accord (2.30pm)

Gala Fairydean Rovers v Newtongrange Star (2pm)

Preston Athletic v Darvel (2.30pm)

Tranent v Auchinleck Talbot (2pm)

Tuesday, July 18

Viaplay League Cup: Bonnyrigg Rose v Dundee (7.45pm)

Viaplay League Cup: Spartans v Falkirk (7.45pm)

Broxburn Athletic v Hearts B (7.15pm)

Dalkeith Thistle v Newtongrange Star (7.30pm)

Dunbar United v Edinburgh South (7.30pm)

Leith Athletic v Edinburgh College (tbc)

Musselburgh Athletic v Whitehill Welfare (tbc)

Linlithgow Rose v Dunipace (7.30pm)

Preston Athletic v Haddington Athletic (7.30pm)

Wednesday, July 19

Viaplay League Cup: FC Edinburgh v Kelty Hearts (7.45pm)

Manchester United v Lyonnais (Murrayfield Stadium, 2pm)

Saturday, July 22

Lowland League begins

Viaplay League Cup: Dumbarton v Bonnyrigg Rose (3pm)

Viaplay League Cup: Livingston v Hamilton Accies (3pm)

Viaplay League Cup: Stranraer v FC Edinburgh (3pm)

Auchinleck Talbot v Penicuik Athletic (2pm)

Arniston Rangers v Newtongrange Star (2.30pm)

Bathgate Thistle v Breadalbane (2.30pm)

Broxburn Athletic v Livingston B (3pm)

Dalkeith Thistle v Preston Athletic (2.30pm)

Dunbar United v Newcastle Benfield (2pm)

Tynecastle v Turriff United (2pm)

Whitburn v Hearts U-18 (tbc)

Whitehill Welfare v Edinburgh College (2.30pm)

Tuesday, July 25

Viaplay League Cup: Cove Rangers v Livingston (7.45pm)

Wednesday, July 26

Viaplay League Cup: FC Edinburgh v Ross County (7.45pm)

Viaplay League Cup: Peterhead v Spartans (7.45pm)

Saturday, July 29

Viaplay League Cup: Bonnyrigg Rose v Airdrieonians (3pm)

Viaplay League Cup: Greenock Morton v FC Edinburgh (3pm)

Viaplay League Cup: Livingston v Clyde (3pm)

Viaplay League Cup: Partick Thistle v Spartans (3pm)

Saturday, August 5

SPFL Premiership, Championship, League One & League Two begins