‘Can’t be’ – Former Stoke City defender sends message to Old Firm amid British Super League talk



Former Stoke City defender Jonathan Woodgate says it would be unfair for the Rangers and Celtic to be jettisoned straight into the Premier League.

Earlier this week, controversial plans for a closed shop European Super League, featuring the top-flight’s so-called ‘big six’, fell apart amid a revolt by supporters across the game.

Now, according to The Sun, talks are said to have taken about creating a British Super League, which would include the Old Firm duo.

However, in contrast to the European Super League proposals, a British Super League would have the backing of FIFA, UEFA and the UK government, it is claimed.

The report adds that Rangers and Celtic’s domestic rivals would even be happy to see them leave the Scottish Premiership as it would give them a realistic chance to win silverware and qualify for the Champions League.

One club source told The Sun: “Whether or not the Super League was going to happen, we all feel that the Premier League has to be changed and improved.

“It is time we opened it up to Rangers and Celtic. That would make sense for everyone.”

However, such a move is unlikely to go down well with Championship clubs like the Potters who are striving to get into the top-flight.

Woodgate, whose Bournemouth are chasing promotion to the Premier League, says the Old Firm, if they moved south of the border, should have to start out in the second tier.

“If it does, they should have to start in the Championship and climb their way up,” Woodgate told talkSPORT this morning.

“We’ve got a really good team at Bournemouth. Would Rangers and Celtic beat us? I’m not so sure.

“It’s boiling down to money again. The Super League was boiling down to money. Why does money have to run the game?

“Why does it have to keep on boiling down to television rights? It’s all about money, money, money.

“If they come into the league, they’ve got to start off somewhere, but it can’t be at the top.”





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