Rangers and Celtic would be no better than the European Super League clubs if they joined the English pyramid, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Old Firm need “to be really careful” if they want to compete with England’s elite.

The Sun claim both Rangers and Celtic are wanted as part of a new-look British league after the European Super League debacle over the past week.


The monumental change would see a huge increase in revenue for the Glasgow giants, with clubs in England potentially benefitting from the worldwide following the two clubs have.

Whelan insisted only a model which saw all Scottish and English clubs playing together would be fair and moral.

“They have to be really careful here because Rangers and Celtic bring in a lot of money for the other clubs in Scotland,” he told Football Insider.

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“If they leave to join a British Super League, they are doing the same thing to Scottish football that the ‘big six’ tried to do to English football.

“You have to integrate every team, it would have to be all teams in Scotland and become a fully British league. That way everybody can benefit.

“If Rangers and Celtic bailout that does not make them any better than Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester United. They have got to be very careful.

“Everybody needs to benefit, not just Rangers and Celtic because that would be greed. I think both of those clubs have better owners than that.

“They know better than the Glazers and Ed Woodward. They are just sneaky.”   

In other news, Hutton fears one Rangers star may quit this summer after a major update on his contract talks.