THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE would not be allowed to restrict entry to just Celtic and Rangers if it decided to allow the Old Firm clubs to join their set-up.
Lennart Johansson, the president of Uefa, football's European governing body, said access would have to be granted to every Scottish club, and that any such move would have to be supported by the English and Scottish Football Associations and the leagues.
Johansson, speaking in Glasgow following a Uefa executive committee, said: "If it is going to be a national league then it has to be available to every club in the country. For us, it is a must that the Scottish FA, the FA and the Premier League are in agreement for any such arrangements. Only then will we start to discuss it."
Johansson said he could see why there was support for the Old Firm to leave the Scottish Premier League. "If I was responsible for Celtic or Rangers I would see opportunities that do not presently exist by going into the Premier League," he said. "But for others who are also playing in the Scottish Premier League the participation of Celtic and Rangers is very important for them.
"The Premier League may also be unhappy if English clubs have to be pulled out because two Scottish clubs are coming in."
The Football League have indicated they would be willing to talk to other Scottish clubs, as well as Celtic and Rangers, about possible membership.
The League is looking to start discussions with the various authorities about "the restructuring of British professional football". …