Glasgow Rangers chief executive Martin Bain has revealed that he expects the club to have left the Scottish Premier League within the next ten years.
There has been much talk about both Rangers and Celtic moving on from domestic football in Scotland and Bain clearly believes it is realistic.
As for where they will end up playing their football, it seems as though a new European set-up might be the most likely destination. He said that Rangers are one of a number of clubs who are ‘currently hamstrung by the environment they are in’.
With this in mind, Bain is clearly determined to explore every possibility for Rangers to get the most out of their status as a big, well supported club. Speaking about a league containing some of europe’s biggest' football clubs, he described how there are a ‘number of big clubs playing in smaller leagues’, meaning that there could be a ‘wind of change’ in the coming years.
Bain went on to say how Rangers are a ‘huge club commercially’ and that along with Celtic, they can be a ‘club to be reckoned with in any league in the world’. In short, he thinks that the SPL is holding back the potential of Rangers.
How realistic is something like an Atlantic league containing the' biggest clubs from outside England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France though? Well, it is certainly being taken seriously by Rangers and their chief executive.
Celtic would have to play their part as well if anything was to materialise of course and their manage Tony Mowbray says that a move into the English Premier League might be the way to go and something the Glasgow giants would be ‘interested in listening to’.
So, there are plenty of noises coming from the top two clubs in Scotland about moving away from the Scottish Premier League. Whether anything comes of it though, remains to be seen.