For years the Scottish Premier League (SPL) has primarily been a two horse race between the two old firm clubs: Celtic and Rangers.
And, with Rangers no longer playing in the Scottish top flight due to their financial struggles, it seems that the time is right for Celtic to rise up and run with the big dogs in the Premier League.
The great debate in British football over the years has been whether or not to allow the Scottish giants to play in the Barclays Premier League. Most people would argue that Celtic are only a Championship-level club and would not be able to compete in the Premier League in terms of talent and finance.
Over the years however, the Bhoys have been able to strongly compete in the Champions League; with this year’s push being their most memorable: defeating Barcelona in the group stages at Parkhead and falling agonisingly short in Catalonia.
And in terms of finance, Celtic have been able to hold their own amidst Europe’s big boys with their ability to harvest youth players through the ranks and sell them along when the time comes - Aiden McGeady the perfect example from the club’s academy.
Other outside influences have also had their say in the conversation, including QPR manager Harry Redknapp.
“I’d like Celtic and Rangers to play in England. I’ve said that for a year or two now,” he told Yahoo Sports UK.
“They are two of the biggest clubs in world football and it would also give someone else a chance to win something in Scotland if they left.”
Some would argue that with the state of Scottish football at the moment, the departure of the league’s most popular club would only send the SPL into a downward spiral.
The thing is, since 1998, no team other than Celtic or Rangers has won the title. And, with Rangers no longer in the league, the departure of the Hoops could reap major rewards for teams such as Motherwell, Aberdeen, and Dundee, who would have a genuine chance of winning a Celtic-less SPL title.
Celtic making the move to the Premier League would clearly benefit both parties; in terms of fan base and competition.
Neil Lennon’s side are the dominant force in Scotland; and with the healthy competition that the Premier League would bring them, the club would only continue to grow and prosper.
Who knows, one day we might see the green and white ribbons on the Premier League trophy…
Let us know what you think. Do you think Celtic should be allowed to play in the Premier League?
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