Former Rangers defender Michael Ball has claimed that the Ibrox side and Celtic once had an agreement with UEFA to join the English Premier League.
He made the bombshell claim in an interview with the Everton podcast All Together Now, revealing that former Gers supremo David Murray told him that the Gers were set to move to England when he joined the Ibrox side in 2001.
“I went to Ibrox and met David Murray and he sold the move to me. He showed me around Ibrox and told me stories. It was fascinating” he said.
“He told me what he wanted to do, which was to be in the English Premier League in two years time. It was agreed with Celtic and UEFA.
“He sold it to me and I phoned my dad on the pitch and told him I was signing.”
Ball ended up spending four years at Ibrox, winning a league title before moving to PSV Eindhoven.
Football Insider verdict
It might seem far-fetched now, but back in the early 2000s the Premier League would no doubt have loved to enticed Celtic and Rangers to England. The clubs were at their zenith then, regularly competing in the Champions League and spending millions on high profile transfers. Of course, those days are long gone now, as the Gers are looking to establish themselves back at the top of Scottish football after their liquidation, and bitter rivals Celtic spent many years cutting their cloth accordingly as well. The rumours about teams moving to play in other countries still rear their head from time to time – the Atlantic League, for example – but you would have to imagine that for now UEFA would frown upon any leagues made up of teams from a variety of countries. The clubs do hold more power than they had back in the time Michael Ball talks about, but for now, the Gers will need to satisfy themselves with returning to the top of the Scottish Premiership table.
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