League Shake-Up

Should Celtic and Rangers be invited into a re-vamped Premier League?

Simon Jordan moots new league proposals

Celtic and Rangers doing their thang

Crystal Palace’s orange-faced goon chairman Simon Jordan has nothing to do with the Premier League or the Scottish Premier League, but the Daily Record have sought after his well-paid opinion on the matter of whether the Old Firm should be invited to join in with the fun in England:

“Football is evolving all the time and this would be great for the Scottish clubs but they should pay to come down.

“I’d suggest £100million and the immediate financial benefits that arise for both clubs would soon cover it. Their share price would go through the ceiling on the back of massive revenue increases.

“The SPL does not attract a worldwide audience – the Premier League does. It would be a great thing for Celtic and Rangers but the Old Firm would not add enormously to the levels of interest in a league that’s already massively exposed.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen but it’s still a long way off as no deals can be done until the next round of talks with broadcasters, scheduled for 2013.”

Jordan’s comments follow rumours that Bolton’s chairman Phil Gartside will propose a new structure for the Premier League during a meeting of charimen on Thursday (rumours that the BBC have since said are not true). In order to limit the devastating effect of relegation, Gartside may suggest a two-tier Premier League with eighteen sides. The Spoiler can’t help but think that this sounds like another pointless re-branding exercise. Sure, there would be less teams and therefore a less demanding league season, but would we then refer to the fourth tier then be referred to as ‘League One’? How long until all four divisions come under the Premier League name?

If the FA, the Scottish FA and UEFA were to allow such a re-branding to take place, would Celtic and Rangers really benefit from being a part of it? Paying £100m for the privilege of giving up any chance of European football, while simultaneously diminishing the rest of the Scottish League doesn’t sound like a very good idea to us.

Let us know what you think about Jordan’s comments below…

16 responses so far
  • Peter // April 20, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    No. This would be the worst possible thing for Scottish Football, locally and Internationally. There is a proud tradition of top quality Scottish players and Scotland needs a top notch Premier League with 16 teams that only play each other once at home and once away. The current league is just too small with ten teams. Celtic and Rangers are the teams all Scottish players should want to play for and to aim for European glory.

  • Green Wing // April 20, 2009 at 2:58 pm


    I don’t think you know what you’re talking about. For a start, there’s 12 teams in the SPL.

  • McRib // April 20, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    What’s the point? So they can battle it out with West Ham for mid-table obscurity?

    Just let them into the FA Cup or something.

  • Loz // April 20, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Celtic & Rangers would be mad to leave their world of guaranteed European football

  • Lisbon-Lion // April 20, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    This is a no-brainer. The last time this came up the Celtic Chairman was asked on Celtic TV what this would do for Celtic and his reply was

    The first thing that he would do was increase the size of this place (Celtic Park) from 60,000 to 83,000.

    When the top clubs in England look at Celtic they see a club who has a worldwide support and a massive brand name and the potential to knock all four off their perch, so it wont happen!

  • Joey // April 20, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Dumb. It’s all just unnecessary. Leave it alone.

  • Bolokis // April 20, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    While you’re at it, you can dump the rest of the Scottish Premier League into the Championship and League One because, without Rangers and Celtic, there is no top flight league.

  • williamhill // April 20, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    it ain’t broke!

  • Eoghan // April 20, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Am not fully decided, but what DOES make me laugh is the ‘ingirlish’ pundits and ‘fans’ coming up boasting about how great the ‘English’ premier league is…(?!). Shouldn’t it be the IPL (International….). At the game last week between Chelski and the now forgign Liverpool there were THREE ingirlish players…the includes the bench! The game was hailed as a ‘classic’! It was a game frought with poor passing and low skill by a bunch of non-ingirlishmen!The ingirlish national team says it all. You’re only marginally better than Scotland and only have a marginally better record against us than we have against you. And yet you’ve (ironically…?) 11 times our population!

    The over-inflated ego’s of the egocentric ingirlish pundits and majoriy of their idiotic, sheepish fans is frankly laughable. You AREN’T any good!

    So…Celtic and Rangers in England? Frankly, I’d rather they stayed up with us. However, only a complete idto could possibly even attempt to argue that with The Old Firm’s following, coupled with the money available to other EPL clubs that you boys would have a LOT to worry about! THAT is the indefensible truth…though the chimps will attempt to deny this! (Bless!)

    STUFF your IPL!

    P.S: No…the ball wasn’t over the line.

    P.S.S: If the Mod’s allow this truth on, fair play!

  • Naethyn // April 21, 2009 at 2:05 am

    Celtic and Rangers couldn’t compete in the Premier League. Enough said.

  • Man of the 'tic // April 21, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Naethyn, you preach lies. Obviously I don’t regard Celtic or Rangers as being able to compete with the Big 4 in the Premiership season after season but at the end of the day I reckon they could give the majority of teams outside of the Big 4 a run for their money, maybe even some of the Big 4 on a good day.

  • abc // April 21, 2009 at 5:33 am

    How about we combine the Championship with the Scottish Premiership?
    At least Celtic and Rangers won’t be relegated that way.

  • tf // April 21, 2009 at 11:38 am

    NO way celtic & rangers should start in league 2 and earn promotion to the premier league. failing that i will end my sky subscription (lets see how long the prem will last if we all do that) and walk away from football in england.
    Stab me in the back and i will destroy you Judas.

  • shaun the brummie // March 20, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    oi you plastic paddies can say what you want.your team may be great,famous,etc.but me being from birmingham,i remember what you paddies did to 2 pubs,so for that reason alone you should never be allowed to play in england,unless in a competition,and then none of your I.R.A.supporting scum should be allowed any tickets.so stay in scotland where your teams can stagnate,wither,and die.just like your national team.LOL.

  • Barrach // March 20, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Sean the Brummie,

    You’re evidently not the brightest candle in the pack! Misinformation and retarded logic’ ooze out of your attempt at a post, like rancid monkey-jizz. Am ex-forces and Scottish. But so what? Celtic’s a Scottish FOOTBALL club, with proud Irish roots (founded by mainly Irishmen – so why should I mind as a Scot if they’ve displayed Irish flags since 1888 as a symbol of the club..?). I don’t presonally know of one Celtic support who “supports” the Prov IRA’s terrorist activities. Your ‘logic’ is retarded beyond belief! FOOTBALL sonny. UNLESS of course you’d wish to JUSTIFY your ridiculous comments: Educate us as to what songs we sing (presumably en-masse) supporting the Prov IRA’ to which you refer? What are the lyrics? Do the majority of fans sing them? Do you think most Celtic supporters support violence?(Whether by Prov IRA/UVF/British soldiers against innocent people from whatever country? If so, you’re ABSOLUTELY misunderstand what Celtic’s all about. It’s MORE than a football club. Something that you can evidently never understand, with your demonstrated lack of social, political or sectarian awareness. Something that it would take a lifetime to even try to get someone like you to comprehend. A computer’s better than you…with a computer, one only has to punch information in once.

    You’re a fool – that’s all. Stay in Brummie and mind your own business kid…unless you’re willing to learn….(oink, oink…flap…flap!)

    P.S: You also wish we (Celtic supporters) would all “wither and die”. Sounds like a logical, informed, peaceful, rational attempt at humanity to me…..

  • shaun the brummie // April 14, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    barrach,take the cock out of your mouth when you’re speaking to me…….

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