Celtic and Rangers have long been linked with a move to English football.
The Premier League wants to invite Celtic and Rangers to join what would be a new British Super League, according to reports on Thursday,
Celtic and Rangers have long been linked with a move to English football, and it is thought that both would jump at the chance to play in a more financially lucrative league.
British Super League.
The British Super League would, reportedly, consist of 18 teams and a four-team end of season play-0ff to decide the champion. Celtic and Rangers, with their global fanbase and passionate supporter-base in Glasgow, could be invited to join the tournament.
Both clubs are said to be very keen on joining the Premier League, where they would earn significantly more revenue than they currently do in the Scottish Premiership.
The pair have dominated Scottish football for decades. Aberdeen, in 1985, are the last team other than Rangers or Celtic to win the title. The other Scottish clubs are reportedly ready to let the pair leave as it would enable them to have a greater chance to play in Europe.
European Super League.
The Premier League’s so-called ‘top six’ had their hands badly burnt by the European Super League fiasco when all six were forced into a humiliating retreat from a project that lasted less than 48 hours. The breakaway league broke down due to widespread anger and opposition from fans, the sport’s governing bodies, media personalities and the UK government.
However, they all reportedly still believe that the Premier League, in its current format, needs to be updated. And, crucially, they do not believe they would face the same opposition for a British Super League.
Fifa, Uefa and the UK government would reportedly give their backing. Fifa president Gianni Infantino approved the idea of cross-border leagues when he asked about proposals for mergers between MLS and Mexico, and another between The Netherlands and Belgium.
Premier League reform.
The Premier League’s leading clubs have been pushing for reform of the English top-flight for some time, but have ramped up their efforts since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Last October, Project Big Picture was floated, with Liverpool and Man United the main architects of the plans. The idea didn’t get off the ground, however, and the top clubs were thwarted again by the failure of the European Super League.