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British Super League, featuring Celtic & Rangers, touted on back of ESL collapse

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Incredible reports doing the rounds in the English media over the last 24 hours suggest that, on the back of the European Super League’s collapse, a similar project may now be underway in Britain.

ESL up in smoke

The story surrounding the implementation, collapse and subsequent backlash stemming from plans for a new Super League has of course grabbed headlines across the globe this week.

For those not aware of the situation, last Sunday, a dozen of the continent’s top clubs – including six from the Premier League – unveiled plans to break away from the current structures of the game, to form a ‘Super League’.

The initiative was built up as a Champions League alternative of sorts, which would have seen a total of 20 sides from across the continent vie it out for the title each season.

British Super League, featuring Celtic & Rangers, touted on back of ESL collapse

TURIN, ITALY – OCTOBER 28: Andrea Agnelli president of Juventus looks on before the UEFA Champions League Group G stage match between Juventus and FC Barcelona at Juventus Stadium on October 28, 2020 in Turin, Italy. Sporting stadiums around Italy remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

Almost as soon as the project was officially green lighted, though, it was brought to a grinding halt.

This came on Tuesday night, when, less than 48 hours after the competition’s plans were made public, the six English clubs involved – Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool – pulled out.

Celtic & Rangers in?

As outlined above, though, despite the European equivalent having now suffered what looks like irreparable damage, incredibly, a ‘British Super League’ could yet be on the cards.

This comes amid claims on the part of the Sun that a Premier League reform is being eyed.

The shakeup would see the division reduced to 18 teams, whilst, significantly, featuring Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers.

The inclusion of the Old Firm rivals is seen as mutually beneficial, as it would provide both clubs with significant TV revenue hikes, whilst bringing new fanbases to the English game.

It is even suggested that the project would quickly receive the backing of all of UEFA, FIFA and the UK government.

 

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This article was edited by Robert Fosterman.