Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell has been part of crunch talks about major European reform in the future, according to the Daily Record.

The Celtic supremo was pictured with the European Club Association (ECA) earlier this week. It’s been reported that he was there to take part in discussions with the association and UEFA executives about potential Champions League reform.

There were also 10 other club representatives at the talks, according to the Record.


Peter Lawwell is at the heart of ECA discussions (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The talks involved an idea of a “Super Champions League”. Speaking 24 hours after the meetings, ECA Chairman Andrea Agnelli said the following:

“We have now launched the process to develop a vision for the future of UEFA Club competitions post-2024.

“This is the start of a journey that will see further and deep engagement with all professional game stakeholders, prior to reaching any formal decisions.

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“We are the centrepiece of world football and we must drive change. There will be a new Super-Champions League in cooperation with UEFA.”

Early stages with not a lot of clarity

There’s not too much to take from these discussions. It sounds as though changes are in the pipeline, but nothing anytime soon. In the meantime, the likes of Celtic still have four qualification rounds to battle through to qualify for the Champions League.

The Record also stated that there could be a promotion and relegation system brought in to Europe at some stage too. Games could also move from midweek to weekends.

The gap between Celtic and Europe’s best is as big as it’s ever been (Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Lawwell appears to have a say in all this. The ECA was formed to strengthen each of the clubs in Europe, and look to benefit all. In other words, it’s just the kind of group clubs like Celtic need to protect their interests in Europe.

For now, it appears that we remain in a tough slog. Too many champions in European countries are having to face lengthy routes just to qualify for Europe’s top club competition. The likes of Celtic, Rosenborg, and Red Star Belgrade are just three of the champions who have to face four qualifiers.

It may take years before fairer restrictions are put into place. But the ECA’s work looks, at face value at least, to be a step in the right direction.

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