Robinson puzzled by 'strange' Rangers and Celtic development after Sky's SPFL update
Paul Robinson has claimed it is “strange” that Rangers and Celtic are not involved in an effort to restructure Scottish football.
The ex-goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Old Firm rivals “hold the rest of the leagues up”.
As reported by Sky Sports on Tuesday (September 14th), five top-flight clubs have commissioned an independent review into the Scottish league system.
The review’s aim is to explore “ways of unlocking significant additional revenues for the benefit of all”.
Aberdeen, Dundee, Dundee United, Hearts and Hibernian are the clubs involved in the review, which has been given the blessing of the SPFL.
The process will be conducted by independent firm Deloitte.
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In 2013, the SPFL was formed following a merger between the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Football League.
Robinson was curious about why the bitter Old Firm rivals were seemingly not consulted about the review.
“It’s strange that they’re not involved because essentially they are the SPFL.
“The league isn’t necessarily the strongest, but without Rangers and Celtic you question where the league would be – no disrespect.
“They are the front of it.
“It does need looking at, there needs to be investment and restructuring – but Rangers and Celtic are the crux of the league.
“They hold the rest of the leagues up.
“If you look into revenue and gate receipts they will double when a team plays Rangers or Celtic.”
A statement from the clubs involved suggested the review was hoping to aid them in producing players “to compete in European Club competitions and at national level” for Scotland.
Only Rangers and Celtic managed to emerge from qualifying rounds for European competitions this season.