Premier Clubs Reject Rangers, Celtic

Premier League clubs have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to allow Celtic and Rangers to join the English top flight.

A proposal by Bolton chairman Phil Gartside to include the Old Firm clubs was rejected as neither “desirable or viable”.

Other suggestions put forward by Gartside including having a two-tier Premier League will be fed into the league’s ongoing strategic review.

The Premier League said in a statement: “Bolton Wanderers submitted a discussion paper detailing ideas concerning the restructuring of the Premier League into two tiers with the inclusion of Celtic and Rangers.

“The clubs welcomed the additional input into an ongoing process, however, they were of the opinion that bringing Celtic and Rangers into any form of Premier League set-up was not desirable or viable.

“The other relevant ideas contained within Bolton’s paper will now be taken forward as part of the wider strategic review being undertaken by the Premier League since November 2008 with the aim of providing recommendations before December 2010.”

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore insists the campaign for the Old Firm to be allowed to join the English top flight is over, saying: “No means no.”

Scudamore told BBC Radio Five Live: “The clubs discussed this and, as far as Celtic and Rangers are concerned, it’s a non-starter.

“The clubs constitutionally voted to say we are not going to take this any further.

“We have made a clear and unequivocal statement. No means no – Celtic and Rangers are not coming in.”



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