Rumours of Scotland’s two most successful teams, Rangers and Celtic, joining an ‘Atlantic League’ have been further fuelled today.
That's after the director of Danish side FC Copenhagen, Anders Hørsholt, confirmed that talks have taken place to set up a league involving Scottish, Danish, Dutch, Belgian, Norwegian and Swedish sides.
In February, it was reported by several media outlets that Celtic’s chief executive, Peter Lawwell, was interested in developing the Atlantic League, due to fears that Scottish clubs may be isolated from the Champions League.
Those fears were based on the announcement that Europe’s top four leagues will all receive four automatic places into the Champions League group stage as of the 2018-2019 season, leaving less opportunity for smaller clubs to gain entry to the competition.
Talking to a Danish newspaper about the proposal of the Atlantic League, Hørsholt said:
"Yes it's true. If we do not act now, we will see the biggest clubs grow larger and stronger while it will be increasingly difficult for clubs like us.
"We must, therefore, look at which alternative international opportunities for FC Copenhagen in the future”
He went on to add:
“Here it is still too early to talk about specific models, but the discussion of leagues across European borders is a theme that we look at and actively participates in.”
Hørsholt was also adamant that any team’s inclusion in the proposed league would require them to leave their current domestic leagues, stating:
“FC Copenhagen and other European clubs that will be part of a new European league will step out of their domestic leagues. It is still well in the future, but it may well be the result.”
SPFL chief executive, Neil Doncaster, also admitted fears earlier this month that the Champions League could become a thing of the past for Scottish sides.
The Daily Mail reports that it is not clear if other Scottish clubs could be involved with the proposed league.
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