• Dan Tracey


You wait for one Super League story and two almost come at once and although this secondary concept is not quite as concrete, it certainly has garnered interest from football fans across the United Kingdom.

Because although a European closed shop is a dead duck for now, it has got people talking about what happens next and with football without borders being generated as a concept, it could mean good news for both Rangers and Celtic.

That’s because the Glasgow giants have had a vice like duopoly on the Scottish top flight for the best part of 35 years and with no other outfit able to push them close, it is a case of the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Then again, you could argue that things do not really change north of the border and as soon as one of these arch rivals’ dominance ends, the reign of terror is simply changed over like a baton in a relay race.

Which is why the Ibrox and Celtic Park pair have long since flirted with the idea of leaving the Scottish game behind and trying their luck in either a newly-formed Atlantic League or entering the English pyramid at some level.

However, the owners of these two historic clubs do not really want to be ushered into the EFL Championship or below and if they were to say goodbye to the SPFL, then they would demand a parachute into the Premier League.

Which is an idea that has gained traction in the past day or so and with the power-brokers of the English game now looking for another way to revitalise competition, they could look to their Scottish cousins for assistance.

Of course, with the Premier League already being at 20 teams, two slots would have to be given up and that may not be a universally popular thing to push through. Then again, it could even be more than two teams that end up making way for new additions.

That’s because 20 in itself has often been viewed as two too many in terms of optimum league size and those within the Premier League’s headquarters may also use this is a vehicle to slim the competition to 18 entrants.

This would mean four dropping out, as Rangers and Celtic pick up part of the slack and in doing so, we could finally get a British Super League underway - an idea that is viewed with a lot more warmth by those at UEFA.

There’s still an almighty way to go to get this over the line and it is not set in stone by any stretch, but there is a sense that both footballing nations on either side of Hadrian’s Wall could do with substantial change of this kind.

For Rangers and Celtic they would be a rather welcome addition to English football and for those in still operating in Scotland, the remaining clubs could finally dream of getting their hands on the coveted Premiership trophy.

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