Kieran Maguire lambasts controversial Rangers-Celtic rebellion plan - 'fans won't accept this'
Rangers and Celtic supporters would not accept defecting to join the Premier League – and there is no reason to think the Glasgow would have success south of the border in any case.
That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about former Rangers player and manager Graeme Souness’s controversial suggestions.
Writing in his Daily Mail column last Saturday (29 October), Souness claimed that his former club and Celtic should jointly fund and build a 100,000-capacity stadium and join the English top flight to vastly superior TV revenues.
The 54-cap former Scotland midfielder was reacting to the pair’s dismal performance in Europe this term, with both clubs finishing bottom of their Champions League groups.
But Maguire insists that there are myriad reasons why it is unfeasible for Rangers and Celtic to join the Premier League.
“While there might be a desire for Rangers and Celtic to play in the English system, I’m not sure their fans would accept a shared stadium given the hostile relationship between the two,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
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“There would always be somebody that would want to have the bragging rights in respect of that stadium, so I think that is a non-starter.
“As far as joining the Premier League is concerned, you can see the benefits from the Scottish clubs’ point of view. But it would also likely lead to them being excluded from European competition.
“It’s much tougher to get into the top seven of the Premier League than it is to get into the top two of the Scottish Premiership.
“Secondly, what is in it for the Premier League? The Big Six probably don’t want or need any further competition.
“There are big cities in England such as Leeds and Birmingham that have failed to challenge for the Premier League’s top spots for many years. There is therefore no reason why Glasgow is suddenly going to catapult itself into contention.
“As far as the other 14 clubs, there will be no desire to give Ranger and Celtic access to the Premier League because two clubs will potentially have to leave.“
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