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MON Wants Celtic & Rangers In Premiership

MON Wants Celtic & Rangers In Premiership

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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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday April 29 2009
Time: 12:49PM


I'd still like to know what would happen if one of the Scottish teams were to be relagated, arethey to stay in the English leagues no matter what, once they arrive? What happens if, in 10 years time, there is a new dominant force in Scottish football, will they be invited in too. If teams from the Scotish leagues could be promoted to the EPL2, would that only be in the case of a Scottish team relegation. This is all to complicated and would be unfair to someone. The only real way to do it would be to make the Prem a true Anglo/Scottish league with promotion from lower leagues being based on a play-off between the champions of the "regional" leagues, as happens with promotion to the Conferance (or whatever they are calling it these days)
Villan Of The North
29/04/2009 13:20:00
come off it martin.
29/04/2009 13:28:00
I have always thought that there is no way this could happen, but when you think of Cardiff/Swansea/Wrexham, what is the difference??
29/04/2009 14:30:00
Would the EPL get extra places in Europe? The second string teams left in the SPL will be in the position that the LOW teams have now - getting thrashed in August! Even tougher for English teams to get into Europe :-(
29/04/2009 14:37:00
I got involved in the discussion on the Vital Celtic website last week and ended up having a fairly level headed debate with some bloke called tictacal_genius about the whole thing. I still can't help but feel that if this proposal ever did go ahead, it would be really unfair on the SPL and the Scottish FA. Like I said on their forum, surely the SPL will become another League of Wales.
29/04/2009 14:44:00
No No No No No, stay in ur own country, this is England and our league is 4 ENGLISH TEAMS ONLY.
29/04/2009 15:36:00
Just concentrate on the fkn Villa Mr O'Neill. Go find players we need. That's your job. Get on with it.
29/04/2009 15:54:00
no no no no no no astonsteve, that's quite true is it. Cardiff, Swansea, and Wrexham fans would strongly disagree with you.
29/04/2009 16:30:00
Sounds like a good idea. 12 easy points every year.
29/04/2009 17:22:00
From a Celtic point of view i am not in favour , Celtic would probably benefit financially out of this move but call me old fashioned i think clubs should play in there own country & continue to try & improve the quality there surely there is more to life than greed?Agree with astoguerilla reckon scottish football would suffer financially with this move although not as much as you think!
29/04/2009 17:32:00
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