UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin gave a shoutout to Rangers in decrying the plans to launch a European Super League.
Ceferin claimed that UEFA competitions rely on established clubs like Rangers, Atalanta and Galatasary to maintain the spirit of football, where every club can dream of glory.
He also made it clear that the state of football is always changing, so there is no guarantee the big European clubs will always be at the top of the ladder.
Aleksander Ceferin: "UEFA competitions needs Atalanta, Celtic, Rangers, Dinamo Zagreb and Galatasaray. People to know everyone has a chance. We need to keep the dream alive. Big clubs now were not necessarily big clubs in past and no guarantee there will be big in future."
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) April 20, 2021
As quoted by journalist Simon Stone, Ceferin said, “UEFA competitions needs Atalanta, Celtic, Rangers, Dinamo Zagreb and Galatasaray.
“People to know everyone has a chance. We need to keep the dream alive.
“Big clubs now were not necessarily big clubs in past and no guarantee there will be big in future.”
It is clear Ceferin holds us in high regard, and rightly so given our exploits in Europe over the past two years.
But his warning shows just how bad the idea of a Super League is.
Before 2018-19, Gers had spent six years competing outside of Europe [excluding qualifiers], yet we are arguably a bigger club than several of the clubs planning to break away.
With a bigger stadium we could surely attract bigger crowds than Tottenham or Atletico Madrid and we also boast a respectable European record, having won the European Cup Winners’ Cup and finished as runners-up in the UEFA Cup.
And as much as it pains us to say it, Celtic have won the European Cup, something four of the 12 breakaway clubs cannot boast of.
Therefore, tod eny Rangers the right to compete against the best teams in Europe is completely unfair – the whole idea is utterly farcical.
We have earned to play in the Champions League for the first time since 2010-11, and for that to be stripped from us, and other clubs in a similar position, goes against the fabric of the game.