Former City-boss Martin O’Neill has become the latest Premier League manager, after David Moyes and Harry Redknapp, to back Bolton Chairman Phil Gartside’s proposals to form a ‘Premier League 2’ with Rangers and Celtic invited to join.
Gartside’s idea will be discussed at a summit meeting tomorrow.
O’Neill told BBC Radio 5 live: “I would like to see both teams in the Premier League. I think it would make the Premier League even stronger. I’ve been there, Celtic is just an unbelievable football club and Rangers also. I would welcome Celtic and Rangers to English football if they wanted to play down here”
These proposals would almost certainly include Leicester City, whose supporters will have not entirely great memories of two friendlies at home to Celtic in recent years. There was sectarian chanting at Filbert Street when Martin O’Neill brought his Celtic side down for a game and Gordon Strachan’s side visited the Walkers in 2005, but a horror challenge from Bobo Balde left bright young prospect James Wesolowski with a broken leg.
There would appear to be huge stumbling blocks to the Old Firm moving south.
Why would clubs from one country’s Association be allowed to play in the League of another?
Although many fans across Scotland would be glad to see the back of the Old Firm would they really be able to survive without them?
What would happen if one of the Scottish clubs got relegated from ‘EPL2’?
As we have seen before however, the promise of money can help clear a lot of hurdles in football. This is one idea that refuses to go away.