Scu­d­amore: Old Firm will NEVER be al­lowed into English com­pe­ti­tion

Midweek Sport - - SPORTS - By FRANK MCCAULEY

ENGLISH Premier League chief ex­ec­u­tive Richard Scu­d­amore does not be­lieve Celtic and Rangers will ever be al­lowed to join the top flight south of the bor­der.

Sug­ges­tions the Old Firm clubs will at­tempt to leave the SPL have sur­faced again fol­low­ing Rangers go­ing into ad­min­is­tra­tion.

One idea would be that the Ibrox club could re-form as a new club and play in Eng­land.

But Scu­d­amore in­sisted he could not see it hap­pen­ing and that the Old Firm in Eng­land’s top flight would go against Premier League reg­u­la­tions.

He said: “Our rules are sim­ple.

“It says we’re a league formed for clubs that play in Eng­land and Wales.


“I don’t see that ever chang­ing. I don’t see that chang­ing on my watch, not that my watch may last for long.

“There’s more in it for them than there is for us.”

The English Premier League clubs voted over­whelm­ingly against al­low­ing the Old Firm clubs into a two-tier Premier League as part of a pro­posal put for­ward by Bolton chair­man Phil Gart­side in Novem­ber 2009.

The main at­trac­tion for a move by Celtic and Rangers would be fi­nance – even the bot­tom club in the English Premier League earns sev­eral times more in tele­vi­sion money than the two Old Firm clubs.

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