The Scottish Premier League has announced its earliest ever start for season 2012 to 2012.
Chief Executive Neil Doncaster confirmed today that the new season will start on Saturday 28th May, just one week after the last game of season 2010 to 2111, the Active Nations Scottish Cup Final, and only a fortnight after the last league fixture.
Doncaster explained "We on the Scottish Premier League board are delighted that we have agreed on a suitable date for the opening of the new season."
Although the end of May start will mean that the players will only have 2 weeks to recuperate, it puts an end to the need for all that bothersome pre season training.
It also means that teams in European competitions (i.e.the Old Firm) will be better prepared as it will put an end to all these midweek fixtures that always tended to disrupt preparation for European campaigns.
Good old Celtic and Rangers - the very lifeblood of the Scottish game - will also be able to participate in as many midweek glamour friendlies during the season as they wish, bringing in much needed revenue.
This new arrangement paves the way for Celtic to participate in the much vaunted "Tournament Of Teams That Have Even The Remotest Connection To Ireland", while Rangers will take part in the greatly anticipated "Tournament Of Teams That Have Ever Played In Orange".
"Its a win-win for Scottish football" concluded Doncaster.