The recent Champions League proposals that have been turned down can only be good news for Celtic as a club. The European Club Association prosed a new Champions League format starting in 2024 that would have involved 24 of the 32 clubs in the tournament being guaranteed Champions League football the following season.
There was also a plan to expand the group stages, which would have meant that teams would have played 14 games before moving to the knockout stages.
As reported by the Sun, these plans were rejected by Premier League clubs at a meeting of the ECA, with more talks planned.
Fear that tournament would interfere with domestic game
Premier League teams were reportedly concerned that the expanded tournament would interfere with domestic football.
The decision to reject the plans can only be good for Celtic. The idea of a 14 game Champions League group stage won’t really appeal to fans or players. It would add far more fixtures to an already congested calendar of games.
Letting teams automatically keep their place in the competition the next season is another poor idea. Trying to qualify for the Champions League is one of the biggest challenges of any season. It is a challenge that Celtic must aim to meet better in the future.
Fans will hope for reduction in qualifiers
It will be interesting to see what changes are made to the Champions League in the future. Fans will hope for a reduction in the number of qualifiers that the club have to play in order to reach the group stages.
At the moment it is four games. As we have seen in recent years, the games aren’t the easiest to negotiate. Of course, title winners from a country like Scotland would have qualified automatically for the group stages around a decade ago.
Those days are gone, and the Hoops have to navigate a tough set of games every summer. It will be intriguing to see if that process changes in the future.