Hearts will begin the new Ladbrokes Premiership season with a home match against Celtic after the 2016-17 fixtures were released this morning.
The Jambos are due to take on the champions at Tynecastle on Saturday, August 6 although the match is almost certain to be moved for live TV coverage.
Hearts’ tough start to the campaign continues with a trip to Aberdeen – runners-up last term – the following weekend.
Robbie Neilson’s team’s first clash against promoted Rangers comes at Tynecastle on Saturday, October 22.
In festive fixtures, Hearts travel to Dundee on Saturday, December 24 while Aberdeen are the visitors to Tynecastle on Hogmanay.