Celtic manager Gordon Strachan and Scottish Premier League chairman Lex Gold have criticised UEFA president Michel Platini´s plans to award a Champions League place to cup winners.

Gold claims that the Scotland national team, currently fighting to qualify for Euro 2008, could be affected adversely by the plan to hand over one of the country´s two places to the Tennent´s Scottish Cup holders.

And Strachan told BBC1´s Inside Sport programme: "No disrespect, but I don´t think that´s Scottish football at its best. You can fluke a couple of results to get to a final. If you play in the championship and you are second or first you deserve to be there and they deserve to be shown as the best of Scottish or English."

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