Paul Conway believes he can end the domination of Rangers in Scotland
Barnsley owner Paul Conway believes he can end the dominance of Rangers and Celtic in Scotland if he buys an SPFL club.
Conway’s Pacific Media Group already own several clubs around Europe, and he seems keen on investing in Scotland and ending the dominance of the Old Firm.
The group attempted to buy three Scottish clubs last year but saw the deals collapse because of a rule change; however, four SPFL clubs have commissioned a strategic review of football in Scotland, which could end up with another change in the rules.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Conway said: “If we had a Scottish club, we could challenge the duopoly of Celtic and Rangers, 100 per cent.
“The way it is set up now, you have the Old Firm who have control of the league, and no strategic investment is going to come into these other clubs.
“Part of the problem is that the Old Firm, as I understand it, don’t want to encourage inward investment because they have an anti-competitive duopoly.
“You pick Hearts, Hibs or any other middle-sized clubs, and they obviously can’t compete because of the difference in the matchday revenue.
“But that can be fixed immediately if they are generating £10m to £15m of transfer profit like Oostende.
“Scottish football is falling behind. And you either get on this bus, or the league continues to suffer compared to the other leagues.”
Big warning from Conway.
It is very clear that Conway believes that some of the smaller clubs in the league can compete with Rangers at the top of the table.
Now, this could be just what the SPFL needs to push it on to the next level and perhaps push the Gers and Celtic forward as well.
Of course, it remains to be seen if Conway comes back in and tries to buy a club in Scotland, but he has sent a clear message to the Bears and the Bhoys that they might not dominate Scottish football for much longer.
We can’t imagine that the Gers would be too pleased with this, but we think it would actually help the club in the long run and would lead to a more competitive league, which more people would want to watch.
So, we hope that Conway gets the chance to buy a Scottish club in the near future, so he can put his theory to the test.
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