Sky Sports pundit claims Celtic want to join European Super League

By John McGinley

April 19, 2021

Former Celtic player Andy Walker reckons the Bhoys would be very keen on joining the proposed European Super League.

A number of the biggest clubs across Europe including Manchester United, Liverpool, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus have committed to the breakaway continental tournament.

The announcement has sparked widespread condemnation from the footballing community. Other clubs, leagues and fans have reacted furiously to the news.

Walker though reckons that Celtic would be very interested in being involved.

Speaking to Sky Sports this morning, he said: “You need to be realistic. I’ve been listening to Celtic and Rangers trying to get away from Scottish football for 20 years. If you were to put this to any senior person at Celtic or Rangers, they’ll want to hear what it’s all about and how much money it will generate.

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Citing a potential collapse of Champions League revenue if the new breakaway tournament goes ahead, Walker would continue: “Let’s not kid ourselves. Celtic and Rangers would want to be involved in this.

“I totally understand the outcry from supporters of clubs who’ve all of a sudden got a permanence in this European Super League, but if you give Celtic and Rangers a sniff of getting involved, absolutely they would take it.”

Celtic and the European Super League

I’m not sure Celtic would be as keen to cut ties with UEFA as Walker suggests. Outgoing CEO Peter Lawwell has spent years cultivating relationships with the decision-makers at the authority. He’s also involved with the European Club Association, which has formally decried the proposals.

Walking away from that, and our proud European legacy, would be a kick in the teeth that I’m not convinced Celtic would deliver.

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From a fan perspective, the proposed format is the absolute antithesis of what we should expect from sporting competition. Closed off from the majority of clubs, financially stacked in a handful of club’s favour – it’s completely unfair.

As always we keep an open mind moving forward, but I reckon Walker is making wrong assumptions here.

In other news, UEFA approve bold new Champions League format; more money on offer to Celtic.