Douglas Park could be blinded by £30m+ Rangers update, unwanted Celtic scenario could occur
Rangers and Celtic have reportedly been contacted over a new European Super League proposal – and it’s crucial Douglas Park isn’t blinded by the potential investment.
According to the Daily Mail (24 March), Bernd Reichart, chief executive of management company A22 – which is organising the new format, has already held discussions with the Glasgow giants.
The Old Firm currently earn £30million for their participation in Europe’s premier competition, but that could increase if a new and improved format is introduced. On the face of it, it seems like a good move, but when you dig a little deeper and bring the proposal into context, it’s only going to polarise Scottish football further.
It’s important to remember that Celtic will also reap the improved commercial benefits. Therefore, the Gers’ participation in any new proposal won’t increase their chances of closing the gap with their fierce rivals.
Furthermore, the introduction of new European competition will see the Light Blues and Celtic pull even further away from the rest of the domestic game in Scotland.
The duopoly at the top of the Scottish game has caused plenty of debate in recent times – with many suggesting a more competitive and equal Premiership resulting in a healthier domestic game.
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Essentially, news of the Super League will see the Old Firm pocket another large sum of money to further increase the gap between themselves and the rest.
Douglas Park could see this investment as a good thing, but what the club do with the prospective cash injection is essential. Celtic will undoubtedly invest in a smart way, the same cannot be said of the Gers.
Avoiding the Super League conversation altogether would be a smart move by the board.
In other Rangers news, one first-team player is “likely to sign” a new deal, with his current contract expiring at the end of the season.