The European Super League and Celtic

WITH THE NEWS that Liverpool and Manchester United are among some teams discussing the possibility of a European Super League, this could very well present a unique opportunity for Celtic Football Club.

For years, the idea of Celtic joining the English Premier League with Rangers has been banded about by pundits and players as the big ‘what if’. Now, that could become a reality as some of the bigger names in England decide to cash in their chips and seek pastures new.

Dermot Desmond is a very wealthy man and the draw of Celtic and Rangers in England would be incredibly appealing for a the league and TV companies that try and compensate for the fact that United and Liverpool may turn their backs on English football.

It was just last month that Desmond told The Athletic that he could foresee a British Premier League forming and that almost seemed impossible with the Premier League so guarded against intruders taking their vast plunders. However, with the failure of Project Big Picture, United and Liverpool’s American owners are considering a move elsewhere which could open the door for a new chapter in Celtic’s footballing chapter.

“Everything now is about the size of clubs and their followings. It’s become a digital world – streaming, Zoom. This pandemic has changed things.

“Now, what are we going to see with football? Will we see clubs sell their own international rights, take more control of their finances internationally? If that’s the case, because you know the top clubs in England want to control their international rights, those rights will be far more valuable if they’re playing against Celtic and Rangers.

“Celtic and Rangers are in the top eight clubs in Great Britain by any metric – support, attendance, international appeal. At some stage, there’s going to be the realisation that if they want to maximise their revenues, then there’ll be a British Premier League. And there should be a British Premier League, because you already have a couple of Welsh teams in the English leagues. So why not?”

To be fair, Desmond does predict the first part in clubs attempting to punt their international rights. Maybe the next part will come into fruition too.

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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He plans to be at every game until we get to the Ten ourselves. He's in his Honours Year studying Law and plans to specialise in Sports Law when he graduates. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.

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