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Plans Unveiled Today Indicate Celtic And Rangers Could Yet Enter English Football League

Plans Unveiled Today Indicate Celtic And Rangers Could Yet Enter English Football League
By Conor Neville
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Today brings news that English football administrators are open to the possibility of allowing Celtic and Rangers across the border and into the Football League.

The shape of the Football League will change in the next few years, under the proposed 'Whole Game Solution'. (The name is reminiscent of those aggressively cheesy 'Whole New Ball Game' ads that Sky did back in the summer of 1992.)

The plan stipulates that the Football League shift it's current layout of three divisions of 24 teams each to four divisions of 20 teams by the 2019-20 season.

There are eight extra places up for grabs. Rather than just elevating the eight best performing 'Vanamara National League' clubs, they are leaving open the possibility of the Glasgow giants migrating south. It is this detail which has excited media publications the most.

Scotland might be independent by 2020 but their two most powerful football clubs might be swimming against the tide, merging up the big neighbour to the south.

Gloomily for those anxious to see Celtic and Rangers coming south, Harvey says the decision is up to the existing members of the Football League. We can't believe that the current Football League sides would be too thrilled about the prospect of these two footballing behemoths muscling in on their turf, making promotion even harder.


We would presume that Rangers and Celtic would begin life the in new fifth tier of English football - 'League 3' or whatever they insist on calling it. With their financial clout and support base, conquering the sides at that level shouldn't be that difficult.


The money men guiding Celtic have long clung to the dream that they might one day be playing in the English League.

In an interview with Claire Byrne on Newstalk's 'Legends in our Lunchtime' series, Desmond outlined his ambitions for Celtic.

The interview is several years old now. This is clear from the fact that Claire Byrne was still working for Newstalk and also, most people there seem to believe that Tiger Woods would outclass Dermot Desmond on the golf course. This is obviously no longer a safe assumption.


The implication here is fairly clear. Being stuck in Scotland is stunting the club's potential.

My ambition for Celtic is that it outperforms any other team. I think what we have, I participate in a club where we've no debt, we own all our assets, we own our players and we make a profit. And that we want to continue on that way because we're probably one of the most independent clubs in the whole of Britain and Ireland. And if we keep our independence and we keep our following, that someday, they will recognise the value that we will bring to the English Premier League.

In an interview last year, Desmond said that Celtic and Rangers' migrating to the Premier League was 'inevitable'.



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