Scottish sides Celtic and Rangers could compete in the English National Football League when the divisions are set to be revamped in the 2019-2020 season.
It was announced in early May that a fifth division is set to be included in the Football League which would see one of the biggest changes in English football. With the number of league clubs expected to reach 100, this could open the door for Celtic and Rangers to play their football south of the Scottish border. Chief Executive of the Football League, Steve Harvey has refused to rule out the possibility of both clubs playing in English Football. Harvey said ‘’We have recently gone out to our clubs to elicit their further views in relation to any different number of areas from the proposition that was first put forward. Once we have their views we can move forward’’.
Harvey went on to say “One of the simple questions is, if this is to proceed, is where should the teams come from? So the only ones who will decide that are the clubs themselves, so we will see what they say. I don’t want to pre-empt anything.”
It has been proposed to have 20 teams competing in each division, the same as the Premier League. The main reason behind the revamp is down to the number of games that Football League clubs currently play during the season. Therefore, should the plans be implemented, it would mean that club would have eight less games a year, which would free up space for midweek football competitions such as the League Cup and FA Cup.
However, these plans wouldn’t be the first time Celtic and Rangers have been linked with a move away from Scottish football due to the potential of extra revenue from television and sponsorship deals. However, both sides will have negotiate a few hurdles before a decision is made one would suspect.