Huge decision on Rangers and Celtic future to be made - football chief
By Joe Nelson
Members of the Football League are set to decide on whether Celtic and Rangers should be inducted into England’s new ‘fifth division’ planned for the start of the 2019-20 season.
The 72 EFL clubs are being asked for their opinions on how the Football League expands to four divisions of 20 teams each, as part of the ‘Whole Game Solution’.
The two Scottish clubs have long been considered a possibility for the new ‘fifth division’ and Shaun Harvey, the Football League’s chief executive,says the final decision will be down to his members.
“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 said, as quoted by the Telegraph.
“One of the simple questions is, if this is to proceed, is where should the [new] 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.”
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The Old Firm rivals would certainly bring an extra element into the British game, with huge attendances week in week out.
Celtic recorded a gate of 57,758 for their 4-1 win over Aberdeen on Saturday, while Rangers attracted a crowd of 48,716 for their recent win over Motherwell.
There is another new format beginning this week, as the Checkatrade Trophy kicks off, with 16 under-23 sides from the Premier League and Championship competing alongside League One and Two clubs.
Clubs such as Chelsea, Leicester City, West Ham and Southampton are all competing, but the cup has not attracted the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester Untied and Manchester City, as they all refused their invitations.
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