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Sport in Scotland – January 2021

4 January Covid-19 update: Following the announcement of a national lockdown some professional sports events in Scotland are able to take place behind closed doors, where not already postponed or cancelled.  See below for the latest spectator news, including any rescheduled dates.  

JANUARY 

⚽️ FOOTBALL.  SPFL PREMIERSHIP, CHAMPIONSHIP, L1 & L2 ~  2 January onwards ~ Venues various MATCHES IN THE PREMIERSHIP AND CHAMPIONSHIP ONGOING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS 

The 2020/2021 Premiership season continues into the new year with Rangers having seized the initiative in the title race and Old Firm rivals Celtic leading the teams in pursuit.  Aberdeen and Hibernian and Aberdeen are the front-runners chasing a European spot, while just a point separates Ross County, Motherwell and Hamilton Academical at the bottom of the table.  Hearts are the pacesetters in the SPFL Championship with Dunfermline and Dundee in pursuit.  Matches in League One and League Twowhere Falkirk and Queen’s Park respectively are top of the league – are suspended until the beginning of February at the earliest | 🎟️ Tickets not available all matches behind closed doors where not suspended.  

🏉 RUGBY UNION.  PRO 14 ~ 2 January onwards ~ Murrayfield & Scotstoun Stadium ALL MATCHES BEHIND CLOSED DOORS IN JANUARY

Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors are the Scottish representatives in the new Guinness Pro14 season featuring 12 top club sides from Ireland, Italy, Wales and Scotland.  Edinburgh and Warriors have endured a difficult start to the campaign but expect both sides to raise their game in January for their annual 1872 Cup double-header.  The first instalment takes place at Murrayfield on 2 January with the return at Scotstoun Stadium on 16 January (the latter a rearranged date after the original fixture on 8 January was postponed due to a frozen pitch at Scotstoun | 🎟️ Tickets not available all matches at Murrayfield and Scotstoun Stadium behind closed doors.   

🥌 CURLING.  2021 PERTH MASTERS ~ 7-10 January ~ Dewars Centre EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

An international treat at Dewars Centre in Perth to launch the 2021 curling calendar.  Europe’s premiere bonspiel, the Perth Masters, typically attracts the world’s top male curlers for a competition boasting the top purse money in Europe.  Great action is guaranteed as a total of 32 teams compete to be crowned Masters Champion | 🎟️ Tickets not available 2021 event cancelled.

⚽️ FOOTBALL.  SCOTTISH WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE.  SWPL 1 & 2 ~ 17 January onwards ~ Venues various ALL MATCHES SUSPENDED UNTIL BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY AT THE EARLIEST 

The SWPL is back with a new season of elite women’s club football.  Can all-conquering Glasgow City FC retain the SWPL1 trophy for a 14th consecutive season?  It promises to be their biggest challenge so far with Celtic FC and Rangers Women just two teams who have significantly strengthened their squads during the lockdown break.  After seven matches it couldn’t be closer with leaders Rangers and Glasgow City both on 18 points and Celtic in third place with 16 points.  Meanwhile in SWPL2 Aberdeen FC Women are flying high at the top of the table | 🎟️ Tickets not available all matches currently suspended until the beginning of February at the earliest.

🏀 BASKETBALL.  WOMEN’S BRITISH BASKETBALL LEAGUE ~ 16 January onwards ~ The Crags Centre ALL MATCHES IN JANUARY BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

The Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL) 2020/2021 season, featuring the top 11 women’s clubs sides in the UK, continues this month.  Scotland’s representatives Caledonia Pride – having suffered a number of postponements due to Covid-19 – will relish getting their season underway with two home matches in January.  The first of which on 16 January is an eagerly anticipated showdown against Leicester Riders who are among the title favourites.  Pride then travel to play Essex Rebels before welcoming Sevenoaks Suns to The Crags Centre on 30 January | 🎟️ Tickets not available all matches behind closed doors. 

🏇 HORSE RACING.  NEW YEAR MEETING ~ 17 January ~ Kelso Racecourse MEETING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS 

The first jumps action of the year at Kelso Races features a seven-race card at the annual New Year Meeting.  The first race today is due off at 11.40am with the last race at 3.40pm | 🎟️ Tickets not available. 

🏀 BASKETBALL.  GLASGOW ROCKS HOME MATCHES ~ 17, 29 and 31 January ~ Emirates Arena ALL MATCHES IN JANUARY BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

The British Basketball League (BBL) 2020/2021 season, featuring the top 11 men’s professional basketball sides in the UK, is back with Glasgow Rocks on a mission after their 2019/2020 title aspirations were thwarted by Covid-19 which led to the season being aborted.  The Rocks have endured a challenging start to the BBL season with just one win from six and will be hoping a busy January schedule – including home matches at the Emirates Arena against Sheffield Sharks, Surrey Scorchers and Plymouth Raiders – is the cue for a positive change in fortunes | 🎟️ Tickets not currently available all matches behind closed doors.

Photo: Ayr Racecourse

🏇 HORSE RACING

JANUARY FINALE RACEDAY ~ 18 January ~ Ayr Racecourse MEETING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS 

National Hunt racing at Ayr Racecourse with the January Finale Raceday includes a variety of contests throughout the afternoon including novice and maiden hurdles, a long distance chase and a National Hunt Flat Race | 🎟️ Tickets not available. 

THE BETWAY RABBIE BURNS JUMPS MEETING ~ 22 January ~ Musselburgh Racecourse MEETING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS 

Musselburgh Racecourse continues its winter season of fixtures with The Betway Rabbie Burns Jumps Meeting.  The first of seven races takes place at 12.40pm – expect to see some top jump jockeys in attendance along with well known Scottish trainers such as Lucinda Russell and Keith Dalgleish | 🎟️ Tickets not available. 

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