English football is set to undergo a major overhaul in the coming years. On Thursday, the Football League announced its plan to increase the number of professional leagues in England from four to five.
In 1994-95, the Premier League needed to reduce from 22 clubs to 20. It was managed in one season, by relegating the bottom four clubs and promoting only two from the First Division. The process continued down to the Third Division, which expanded from 22 teams to 24.
The new proposed structure will have five leagues with 20 teams each and it will increase the total number of teams from 92 in the present structure to 100.
The new structure is scheduled to come into effect at the start of the 2019/2020 season, but the speculation is rife that Scottish giants Celtic Glasgow and Rangers FC could be among the new eight clubs incorporated into the league.
“The whole discussion can be had,” said Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey when asked about the possibility of Scottish giants joining the League.
“But I suspect the wider this gets drawn, the harder it would be to deliver to our clubs and the rest of the stakeholders in the game.”
Now, who wouldn’t like an Old Firm derby in the Premier League? Football fans on Twitter were quite excited about the possible prospect.
Football League is expanding? Good opportunity if Lawwell and King put their heads together and try and force Old Firm to England. #Celtic
— Danny Braynion (@DBraynion91) May 19, 2016
Celtic and Rangers will no doubt be monitoring decision to expand English fooball league system with interest.
— James Morgan (@jaydeemorgan) May 19, 2016
@StanCollymore Get Celtic and Rangers down there..
— Martin Shannon. (@Shindigg67) May 19, 2016
Go for 5 pro leagues – get Celtic and Rangers in
— Joel (@JoelBayliss) May 19, 2016
@bet365 let the Old Firm in! Good idea
— Jack MacPherson (@6Jacky88) May 19, 2016
— Ryan Clark (@RMWC82) May 19, 2016
— Craig Murdoch (@craigmurdoch11) May 19, 2016
It is also now or never for Celtic and Rangers to get into the English league system
— Bob Williams (@WilliamsBob75) May 19, 2016