Celtic and Rangers would be extremely interested in taking part in the European Super League, even if it sparked fierce opposition from their supporters, according to Andy Walker.
The Sky Sports pundit claims there is no way the two Glasgow clubs would turn down the chance to participate in the competition due to the huge financial benefits:
“Let’s not kid ourselves. Celtic and Rangers would want to be involved in this. I totally understand the outcry from supporters of clubs who have all of a sudden got a permanence in this European Super League. But you give Celtic and Rangers a sniff to get involved, absolutely they would take it, despite what any group of supporters would say.” I think you’ll hear supporters saying, ‘we don’t want to be a part of this’.”
“I think it would be absolute hypocrisy if you were to speak to any senior person at Celtic, or at Rangers, and they did not want a slice of this. How often have they tried to get into English football? How often have they discussed the idea of an Atlantic League? All of that was to generate more money. This European Super League as far as Celtic and Rangers are concerned is just another way to generate more money.”
It is believed that every team will get an initial £350m for participating in the league, with another £130m owed to the clubs every season.
These figures dwarf the amounts that Celtic and Rangers currently receive in terms of TV rights and Europa League revenue.
At the moment, there are 12 founder clubs, with the Super League looking for up to 20 teams before it starts. The two Glasgow team could be in the mix if they decide to break ranks with the country associations and UEFA. It would, though, effectively be the death knell for Scottish football as we know it.