Published: 13/04/2017 10:47 - Updated: 13/04/2017 11:18

Friday fixture for Ross County v Caley Thistle as post-split fixtures are released

Written byPaul Chalk

Ross County's Marcus Fraser, left, keeps tabs on Caley Thistle striker Henri Anier in the recent 1-1 derby draw at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.
Ross County's Marcus Fraser, left, keeps tabs on Caley Thistle striker Henri Anier in the recent 1-1 derby draw at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.

ROCK-BOTTOM Caley Thistle face a Friday night derby showdown with Ross County later this month.

The fixtures, released by the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) this morning, revealed that the Highland rivals will clash at the Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall, on Friday, April 28 in a game which will be screened live on BT Sport with a 7.45pm kick-off.

ICT will be back on TV on Saturday, May 6 when another toiling team, Hamilton, come calling.

Caley Thistle finish on May 20 against Motherwell, while County travel to Kilmarnock.

Richie Foran's ICT side, who travel to second-bottom Motherwell this Saturday for their last pre-split fixture of a horrendous season, are four points adrift at the foot of the table.

County, who host unbeaten champions Celtic on Sunday, are not out of the woods yet either with six games left overall.

They are in eighth position, two points behind Kilmarnock, but only three points ahead of Well, who are in the relegation play-off spot.

Jim McIntyre's Staggies are been dealt an unfortunate hand too when it comes to the division of fixtures as they will have played 20 away games and 18 at home by the end of the campaign, while ICT have a 50/50 split.

So, Caley Thistle, who need wins desperately, even to just avoid automatic relegation, have the following games - Ross County (a) on Friday, April 28; Hamilton (h) on Saturday, May 6; Kilmarnock (a) on Saturday, May 13; Dundee (a) on Tuesday, May 16; and Motherwell (h) on Saturday, May 20.

Dates and times for Staggies' supporters are - ICT (h) on Friday, April 28; Motherwell (a) on Saturday, May 6; Dundee (a) on Saturday, May 13; Hamilton (h) on Tuesday, May 16; and Kilmarnock (a) on Saturday, May 20.

On the final weekend, the bottom six fixtures will be played on Saturday, May 20, and top six matches on Sunday, May 21.

These games have been eagerly anticipated by fans this week, with the delay due to ongoing talks between league chiefs and broadcasters.

The SPFL, however, were able to publish the list ahead of this weekend's round of games due to Partick Thistle's 1-0 victory over Motherwell on Saturday guaranteeing the Firhill club an upper half finish.

At the top of the league, Celtic have already wrapped up their sixth successive title, but the chase is on for the Europa League spots.

The last Old Firm clash of the season had already been confirmed for Saturday, April 29.

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