Dundee kick off their 2018/19 Premiership season bidding to spoil the party at new boys St Mirren.
The Championship winners will unfurl the champions’ flag before the game at The Simple Digital Arena on August 4 and the Dark Blues will be there aiming to dampen the Buddies’ spirits.
The first match at the newly-named Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park is against Aberdeen before a Tayside derby at St Johnstone on August 25.
The first clash with the Old Firm comes at Ibrox on September 15 before Dundee welcome Celtic to Dens on Hallowe’en.
Neil McCann’s men will enjoy two home games over the Christmas period with Livingston visiting on Boxing Day and St Johnstone following on December 29.
Ambitions of a top-six finish will be tested late on as the Dark Blues face Hibs, Hearts, Celtic and Aberdeen at home and Rangers, St Mirren and the Perth Saints away in the weeks before the split.
That won’t change Neil’s plans to go for a top-half finish, something the club has only done twice this century.
The Dark Blues were disappointed to finish ninth last campaign and will have to up their game to force their way into the top six.
The top four looks almost certain – as certain as predictions can be anyway – to be a repeat of last season with Celtic winning and Rangers, Aberdeen and Hibs battling out behind them.
That leaves two spots for the rest to squabble over. So who is likely to be the Dee’s main rivals this coming campaign?
A stumbling finish to the season hasn’t dampened the euphoria around Rugby Park since Steve Clarke’s arrival.
A big question will be whether age has caught up with Kris Boyd after his 15 league goals last time out or if he can keep banging them in.
Expectations at Tynecastle will be higher than just settling for a top-half place, so pressure will be on Craig Levein to put last season in the past for the Jambos.
Finish above Hearts and it’ll be a decent season for the teams below the top four.
A memorable season for the Steelmen had them travelling to Hampden twice, only to lose out in both cup finals to Celtic.
Repeating that would be some feat but manager Stephen Robinson will back his side to battle for a good league finish. They’ll be tough to beat.
Saints probably left it a year too late to give their ageing side a real refresh but Tommy Wright is hard at work looking to do that this year.
Always a well-put-together team, there’s not much love lost between the Perth side and Dundee after last season’s clashes.
Being the top team in Tayside is an achievable aim.
Chairman Gordon Scott has put the pressure right on new boss Alan Stubbs by targeting a top-half finish.
Their squad will need work if that is to happen but momentum is a big thing in football – that winning feeling from their Championship title could take them far.
Every season they are predicted to go down, every season they upset the apple cart – and usually take points off Dundee.
Top six is unlikely but write them off at your peril.