Festive footie on BBC Alba

Exclusive live coverage of the New Year derby clash between Ross County and Inverness Caledonian Thistle leads a festive feast of Scottish Premier League football on BBC ALBA.

The Highland clash, the first ever live SPL match on the channel, will see Derek Adams’ and Terry Butcher’s sides aim to secure their first points of 2013 as well as all-important local bragging rights.

Live coverage of the Ross County v Inverness Caledonian Thistle match from Victoria Park will start on Wednesday, January 2, at 3.00pm on BBC ALBA, which is available on Freeview channel 8, Virgin Media channel 188, Sky channel 168 and Freesat channel 110, and will be presented by Calum Macaulay, who will be joined by ex-County and Inverness star Barry Wilson for match analysis. Commentary will be provided by Derek MacKay and Alex O’Henley.

As well as the action on the pitch, Ross Tokely and Grant Munro will lift the lid on what it’s been like playing for both Highland rivals Ross County and Inverness Caley Thistle. Programme bosses also speak to Inverness’ Richie Foran, who explains why he relishes his role as club captain, and how it was Terry Butcher’s wife who helped turn his career around.

BBC ALBA will also screen ‘as-live’ coverage from the top six clash involving Hibernian and Celtic on Saturday 29 December from 6pm.

At half-time viewers will hear from former Hibernian captain Ian Murray, who talks about the challenges of starting out in his new role as player/manager at First Division side Dumbarton.

The programme will also chat to Celtic Assistant Manager Johan Mjallby, who discusses how he has seen Neil Lennon mature as a manager, as well as reflecting on the campaign season so far.

BBC ALBA is providing a premier sports package in association with mneTV covering the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. The games broadcast on BBC ALBA are matches that are not covered live by either Sky Sports or ESPN.

BBC ALBA is a partnership service between MG ALBA and BBC Scotland to deliver high quality, distinctive home-produced programming.