UEFA are under increasing pressure to do away with a controversial rule change which will allow some clubs access to the Champions League group stage based on their coefficient ranking, according to The Times.
The changes will come into effect from the 2024/25 season whereby clubs could qualify for the competition through the backdoor, if they don’t manage to do so through their position in the domestic league.
Following the fallout from the collapse of the Super League, there has been greater pushback against this measure as many believe it was designed for clubs like Tottenham and Arsenal, who are not expected to finish in the Premier League top 4 this season.
Both teams were involved with the Super League plans and the Times claims to have spoken to an ECA board member who says there is now a clamour to stop such teams taking advantage of the Champions League revamp.
There is a growing feeling that nations like Scotland and the Netherlands should be handed “guaranteed” access to the Champions League group stages, rather than handing spots to clubs who failed to qualify legitimately through their respective leagues.
Rangers and Celtic could, therefore, be the major beneficiaries if the Champions League revamp is looked at again.