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SPL needs a big money investor to compete with other leagues

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Yet again, Celtic have clinched another Scottish Premier League title. The Scottish league recently has been so predictable that it always has one front runner followed by a few outsiders - this needs to change.

Celtic recently clinched their 45th SPL title in their long 127 years as a football club sitting 26 points ahead of second place Aberdeen, having only lost won game so far this season.

Is it time then for one or two new owners to enter the frame? Rangers were a fierce rival to the Bhoys before going into administration and dropping down to the third division. They're on their way back up the leagues but having just recently stated a loss of £3.5million, they are still a long way off their once high stature.

So if Aberdeen or Motherwell were to get in a high money investor who could turn the team around and entice big players to come to the Scottish league, wouldn't that make things more interesting? The SPL has been tagged as boring and predictable league, but with big money it could become the opposite.

The Premier League has adapted to the powerful source of money, becoming one of the most exciting leagues in the world. Chelsea were the first implicators of a foreign owner with a deep pockets, followed by a number of clubs including Manchester City.

Both clubs have pushed the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool towards doing the same and investing big money into the beautiful game, and it has paid off as the seasons go on, for the next campaign will be a better spectacle than the previous. It will take a while to implicate but with a billionaire at the head of the Scottish club it could do them a world of good.

Sure, teams could settle for the Scottish Cup or Challenge Cup but there is no where near enough prize money in that than there is in winning the league and having the chance to represent your club in European football. But, as of late, when a Scottish team enters the Europa League the furthest they seem to get is the group stages, while Celtic try to push the boundaries and go for the knock-out stages of the Champions League.

A big money investor could only be good news for a club like Motherwell or even Dundee United, really asking the questions of other clubs around them to make the change and put the quality and money of Celtic to the test. They would need to find someone who is reliable, able to invest into the team and won't say 'no' to extra money to improve the facilities around the club.

It would be hard to entice a buyer for a Scottish club who haven't won a major honour in the last five years, but with the idea of turning a club around to becoming a European powerhouse and putting the SPL on the map, then that is a prize in itself at least.

This change need to be made, not only for the spectators but for the SPL. For too long it has been allowing Celtic cruise to a league title while other clubs suffer in financial debt and silence trying to keep players who deserve better. Let's hope the 2014/15 season looks brighter for the SPL.

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