Report: Celtic to take part in SPFL meeting as rivals spark 'crisis talks'

By John McGinley

September 23, 2022

Celtic will be one of the clubs taking part in a crucial SPFL meeting on Tuesday at Hampden, as the league’s executive team seek a solution to the ongoing furore surrounding a new TV deal with Sky Sports.

The Scottish Daily Mail [23/09 print edition, back page] reports that £150m is on the table from the broadcaster for renewed rights to 2029, with Rangers yet to sign off on the plans and Livingston now joining them with concerns.

An initial suggestion of changing the number of games shown per stadium required unanimous backing from Premiership sides, with the Ibrox side failing to respond.

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Now, an 11-1 threshold needs to be met to technically change rules and avoid the need for unanimity on that front.

Despite concerns, the Mail reports that the SPFL are privately confident of reaching this 11-1 consensus, with talks now scheduled for next week to thrash out an agreement.

The TV deal, when reported on, was not popular with many supporters. However, the league have argued that the TV rights market is not as booming as some suggest, feeling this is the best deal that clubs will get.

Critics believe that at least putting the contract out to tender for bidding would attract wider market interest. Or at least give everyone a better indication of what the league is actually worth.

Regardless, there seems to be widespread approval from clubs for the SPFL’s approach, and it seems unlikely with that it will all fall through now, despite the actions of Rangers.

As always, it’s hard to find a consensus in Scottish football, and we await the outcome of Tuesday’s talks.

In other news, Darren O’Dea talks up relationship with ‘director of football’ Ange Postecoglou at Celtic.