Rangers, Celtic set to move to France as economist shares crazed Ligue 1 bailout

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Rangers, Celtic set to move to France as economist shares crazed Ligue 1 bailout


Forget the English Premier League or the often-mentioned Atlantic League.
Rangers and Celtic are expected to join French Ligue 1.

This is according to economist Jean-Pascal Gayant, who has drawn up a plan to save struggling French clubs.

The televised deal to show the division fell apart and left many in a financial hole – not Paris-SG, obviously.

And Gayant’s solution is to take the two greats of the Scottish Premiership and bring them across the Channel to play the mega-rich Parisians, Marseille and Lyon in a small top-of-the-range French.

He told SoFoot: “European football is characterized by a fragmentation which seems increasingly anachronistic.

“Certainly, the Champions League and other European competitions form a system allowing the best teams to compete against each other on a recurring basis, but, in the national leagues, the gap between the big dogs and the lower-ranked ones continues to grow. dig.

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“One of the reasons for this growing imbalance is that the big names benefit from the resources of the Champions League.

“It’s a real proposition, the Scottish league is a bit flawed: 12 teams meeting three times each, then five more games to find a way to end the season by trying to correct the structural imbalance.

“Both Glasgow teams dominate so making room for these two Scottish clubs in our Ligue 1 seems like an opportunity for both Scottish and French football. ”

Gayant is proposing that Ligue 1 drop four clubs and move to a 16-team, or potentially 18-team league with Rangers and Celtic included.

He continued: “Initially, meeting with 16 teams of Ligue 1, that is to say 18 possibly with the two Scottish teams.

“In this way, you create a competitive shock: with roughly the same payroll spread over 16 or 18 teams instead of 20, the average quality figures will increase and the clubs will have time to play the European matches” to the maximum “.

“Of course, we have to cushion the shock for the clubs which will be relegated to Ligue 2 and the National League.

“We must therefore also create a professional Ligue 3, or even a mixed Ligue 4 with pro and non-pro clubs.

“Today the pro world is in a Malthusian obsession for fear of having to fund the lower leagues. It is a very short-term vision. ”

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