Writer: J P Fear
Date:Wednesday April 29 2009
Martin O'Neill has joined the debate following Bolton Wanderer's chairman Phil Gartside floated the idea of a Premier League Two which would include bringing in Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers.
MON doesn't talk about the other proposals - sorry, that should read wretched-closed-shop-do-it-and-kill-at-least-10-football-league-clubs proposals - but does back letting the Jocks into the Premiership.
I'd not be bothered, let them in, but only after they play their way up all the leagues like everyone else has to!
MON said on AVTV:
'My personal thought is that Celtic and Rangers would enhance the Barclays Premier League. Glasgow is a phenomenal football city - Celtic house 60,000 and Rangers house 50,000. I'm not sure about Rangers but I know Celtic's capacity could go from 60,000 to 80,000 overnight - without a doubt.'
He also says the talk of letting them in isn't new, there was plenty of it when he was the manager of Celtic, but it died away.
'I suppose Belgian teams could then ask to join the Dutch league and Dutch teams could then request to join the Bundesliga. All of those points would have to be considered. But if you're asking for a personal opinion, I think Celtic and Rangers joining would enhance the Barclays Premier League and make us all strive to get better. That's my view.'
Adding, 'I certainly support the idea. But, then again, I could be a voice in the wilderness.'
It will get a big thumbs down by most PL clubs because they know it would threaten their positions but again, the question has to be asked, why would you want to destroy another countries league and allow a couple of foreign teams to enter the Premier League? Where would you stop?
Oh and as for the closed shop proposed by Phil Gartside, such a shame to see a PL chairman being so protectionist and wanting a 1 up and 1 down from the PL2 into the football leagues. That is NOT football surely?
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