Former Celtic player David Moyes in favour of British cup competition

By John Reid

January 22, 2020

West Ham United manager David Moyes, who played for Celtic in the early 1980s, has called for the English League Cup to be revamped and for Scottish teams to be introduced into the competition.

Moyes’ comments after Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola called for the league cup down south to be scrapped.

Moyes doesn’t go that far. However, he suggests a radical change could be made in order to save the competition, and although he doesn’t say it, Celtic would be one of the clubs from Scotland he has in mind.

“A bit more exciting”

West Ham United manager David Moyes (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

“Me, because I’m a Scotsman as well, I’d like to see us bringing in the Scottish teams in the league cup, and maybe making it a different format, where possibly it might just make it a bit more exciting, it wouldn’t be the League Cup maybe be a British Cup, for example” Moyes said, as quoted by the talkSPORT Twitter account.

Moyes’ comments will certainly get the Celtic support and indeed fans of clubs all over the British Isles talking.

A cross-border cup competition would certainly be an exciting tournament. However, there would be many obstacles to overcome before such a tournament would take place.

Smaller clubs in England probably not in favour of idea

Greg Taylor celebrates a Celtic goal (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Getting the agreement of the football associations in both England and Scotland could be a struggle, and the smaller clubs in England wouldn’t be happy with the idea.

Perhaps it would be a good idea to start with a youth cross-border tournament first. Should that work, then talks could begin about an actual cross-border ‘British Cup’.

This is a decent idea from Moyes. No doubt Neil Lennon would like to pit his wits against some Premier League managers.

However, at the moment it seems unlikely to happen.