Should Celtic and Rangers be invited into a re-vamped Premier League?
Simon Jordan moots new league proposals
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.
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