By Ben Wild

21st Oct, 2020 | 9:10pm

'I tell you what' - Darren Gough makes bold Rangers-Celtic claim amid FIFA development

TalkSPORT presenter Darren Gough has said Rangers could merit a place in a proposed new FIFA backed European Premier League.

Earlier this week reports claimed that Manchester United and Liverpool were ‘in talks’ to join a new European Premier League with other top European clubs.

Speaking on TalkSPORT, Gough suggested that both Rangers and Celtic could earn a spot in the proposed competition due to both clubs’ ‘global reach’.

Gough said: “If you look at their global reach, Rangers and Celtic, around the world they might be invited into it, or one of them might be invited into it. That would be a big choice.”

Speaking to a caller who suggested that FIFA wouldn’t be interested in adding the Scottish clubs to the competition, Gough added: “I tell you what. I think you would be surprised, how many people would watch Celtic v Rangers, how many would watch that in the USA alone.”

Gough raises a relevant point as both Glasgow clubs have huge fan bases, but it remains to be seen whether either club would want to join the new competition.

The reaction to FIFA’s proposal has been largely negative, with some fans seeing it as another attempt at a power grab by the big clubs in Europe. This follows recent news about the controversial ‘project big picture’ that was also backed by Manchester United and Liverpool.

We think that it is unlikely that either Rangers or Celtic would be asked to join a potential new European competition because there are other clubs in Europe with more appeal. The fact that both clubs don’t regularly play in the Champions League also works against the Old Firm sides.

It is hard to define Rangers or Celtic as European elite at the moment and while both clubs do have large fanbases, that probably isn’t enough to merit an automatic place in a new elite competition. Instead, Rangers will be concentrating on their Europa League group stage campaign which kicks off with Thursday’s tie away at Standard Liege.

In other Rangers news,  an Atheltic journalist has said whether Rangers clash against Standard Liege will go ahead amid the COVID-19 outbreak at the club.