Celtic urged to rethink decision about €400 million league

Celtic have been urged by an unlikely source to rethink their decision regarding the Atlantic League and the mega cash boost that it could hand them.

It is undeniable that Scottish clubs cannot keep up with teams from countries like England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France financially. And that is the case for most leagues around Europe at this point of time.

The effect of this is clearly visible in the players that these clubs can afford and their results in top level European competition. The only team to win the Champions League in this century that did not belong to the ‘Big 5’ leagues, was FC Porto back in 2004 under the management of a young Jose Mourinho.

It is clear that something needs to change if the playing ground is to be made a bit more fairer for all teams involved. And one of the ideas that has floated around regarding this is that of the Atlantic League.

The idea was to bring together the top teams from Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark in order to create a super league. Naturally, it would lead to a higher viewership and a significant cash boost for the clubs involved.

Reports emerged earlier though that Celtic were not interested in the new league. Aberdeen chief executive Dave Cormack has urged Dermot Desmond to rethink his decision as reported by Glasgow Live:

“This was a serious proposal for Scandinavian teams, a team from Ireland and five teams from Scotland to form an Atlantic League.

“But the real opportunity was to bring in 300m or 400m Euros a year in broadcast media rights, which would be significant for every Scottish league all the way down.

“The SFA were aware of it. The SPFL were aware of it. And Celtic, Rangers and ourselves and Ron Gordon at Hibs were aware of it.

“UEFA got behind it, but it was really down to the individual leagues.

“I got involved in a couple of Zoom calls in the last couple of months of discussion. And it was then that Andrew Doyle from SAL Partners in Ireland came out and said Celtic had pulled out.

“I don’t know why. The clubs were simply informed that Celtic had decided to pull out at this stage. And so they are back to the drawing board with it now.

“I think it is something we all need to really look at.

“If there is 300m to 400m Euros available to Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Scotland and Ireland, then there is money to go around. It should be a serious conversation point.”

It is not hard to see why the league could be beneficial for all the Scottish clubs involved. The cash boost that they will receive from it is expected to go a long way in improving their financial situation and make them more competitive in Europe.

It does appear though that Desmond is more interested in pursuing the idea of a new league involving the teams from the British Isles. That could see both Celtic and the Rangers enter into the Premier League. And we don’t need to tell you that that cash boost would be gigantic compared to whatever the proposed Atlantic League could bring in.

The idea of a proposed move to the Premier League has been floated around from years though without any visible progress. Although, there is no doubt that if the Glasgow sides entered the Premier League, they would easily be two of the biggest teams in the competition.