The next Clydesdale Bank Premier League season will begin on August 4, 2012, the Scottish Premier League announced on Wednesday.

The current campaign began on July 23, but the start date for next term has been returned to August.

A statement from the SPL read: "The SPL board today announced that the 2012/13 Clydesdale Bank Premier League season will start on Saturday, August 4. No decision has yet been made regarding a winter break or a protocol to allow clubs to participate in summer tournaments or friendlies."

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