It has been a question which has remained unanswered for many years now. Should the Scottish Leagues be merged with the English ones?
It has a significant bearing not just on Sports but with Politics. As Scotland vie for Independence they would be unable to, by UEFA law, merge with England. But for arguments sake what are the pros and cons of merging?
On the pro side, it does seem quite foolish to leave massive clubs like Celtic and Rangers in a system which does not enable them to thrive and reach the potential they possibly could. Maybe not so much for Rangers in light of recent events but Celtic who have proven that they can wrestle with the big boys and come out victorious over recent years in the Champions League. Given chance they could hit heights which are beyond the realms of their current ambition.
Furthermore, the lesser clubs such as Motherwell, Hibernian and Inverness CT could also have room to grow and with the increased revenue they would achieve through television rights within England which they are less likely to receive in Scotland they could be challengers in their own rights.
You could question the logistics of travel. Yes, for clubs like Portsmouth, Brighton and Southampton travel would be long and draining. However, Northern clubs like Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester United the trip would be shorter to Glasgow then London hence that argument is mute.
The revenue which would be yielded from the large stadia in Scotland would also be a welcome addition to the already astronomical revenue input received.
Having wrecked through my head I cannot seem to think of one possible argument as to why there should not be a merge other than the current Scottish Independence campaign. That was until I spoke to a few Celtic fans who believed that they should gain immediate access to the Championship due to their 'stature' and this is not the case.
In doing so it would significantly disrupt the complex system already in place which maintains a good balance over all divisions within England. In addition, it would not be fair. Clubs like Swansea and Cardiff battled their way through the English divisions to earn their space within the best league in the world and if the Scottish clubs are willing to do so then there should be the introduction of these clubs.
Only if they start from the bottom and earn their way to the top.
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