Celtic and Rangers may have a chance to leave the SPFL and join a bigger league thanks to a court case.


Celtic and Rangers may have a chance to leave the SPFL and join a bigger league thanks to a court case.

According to Bosman attorney Jean-Louis Dupont, a new legal challenge to UEFA’s position on cross-border leagues will be advantageous for Scotland’s top clubs.

Small-time club FC Swift Hesperange has sued the Luxembourg Football Federation and Europe’s governing body.

If it is successful, it could make it possible for teams like Celtic and Rangers to increase their earning potential by competing in international leagues with larger television markets.

Swift Hesperange, backed by the club’s sponsors, assert that their ability to join the proposed Benelux League, which would include teams from the Netherlands and Belgium, has been hampered by UEFA’s opposition to cross-border leagues.

The club insists in their claim to the Tribunal D’Arrondisement in Luxembourg that “rules prohibiting clubs from creating and running transnational competitions” are limiting their chances for growth and that UEFA and their national FA are to blame.

A 20-team competition that will include teams from Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and the Republic of Ireland will be announced in 2020 and will include Aberdeen, Celtic, Hibs, Hearts, and Rangers.

The plan was created by Andrew Doyle, a co-owner of League of Ireland team Shelbourne, and it projected up to €400 million in annual broadcasting revenue. It was supported by investment bank JP Morgan.

When Doyle’s SAL Sports Capital was informed by Dermot Desmond, the majority shareholder of Celtic, that the Parkhead club was no longer interested, negotiations came to an end.

Though Dupont, the legal mind behind the Bosman ruling and a pivotal player in the conflict between UEFA and the clubs pushing for a European Super League, is confident that cross-border leagues will emerge “sooner rather than later,” he will ask a Luxembourg judge to refer the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) at a preliminary hearing this fall.

The Belgian told Sportsmail, “Swift and its sponsor, Leopard, are ambitious.”

The club had previously voiced public complaints about certain FLF and UEFA rules, particularly the ones relating to homegrown players that disadvantage the clubs from small nations.

But no one could hear them.

They chose to request a court hearing.

“Clubs will not “move.”

However, clubs from small nations would be allowed to produce domestic football across a wider area in order to compete with the major leagues’ level of production.

Ajax, Anderlecht, Benfica, Celtic, Copenhagen, Porto, and Rangers, among other large clubs outside the big five leagues, could join transnational leagues with larger TV markets and more money, according to Dupont, who acknowledges that a successful challenge could have significant effects on those clubs.

“Rangers and Celtic are fantastic clubs,” he said.

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FC Swift Hesperange have filed a lawsuit against Europe’s governing body and the Luxembourg Football Federation If that is successful it could present Celtic and Rangers with an opportunity Potentially it could open the door for Old Firm giants to leave SPFL structure


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