Celtic have been given a boost in the latest development over the reform of Europe’s premier club competition. UEFA are keen to make their Champions League a competition involving clubs mainly from Europe’s top five leagues.
Proposals last week suggested that the governing body were keen to implement a new format for the tournament. Plans would include a new group stage featuring four groups of eight and 14 matchdays. It was also reported by Eurosport that the new format would include promotion and relegation.
Now Celtic are set to receive a boost with Sky Sports reporting that European Leagues – which represents 35 domestic leagues – have rejected the latest UEFA plans.
What does this mean for Celtic?
With the European Club Association and UEFA pulling in one direction and European Leagues another then the likely outcome is a compromise. We will probably see a watered down version of the current plans which could still spell the end for Celtic in Europe.
Hoops fans shouldn’t lose heart though. Celtic wouldn’t be cut completely adrift if the big leagues decide to go and do their own thing. The Hoops will be one of a number of clubs left behind in a new system which could pave the way for a more competitive open European competition.
Our experiences against Europe’s top teams haven’t been so great in recent years anyway so a level playing field may be a welcome change. Any new changes wouldn’t kick in until 2024 so there’s still plenty of room for negotiation.