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Green calls for European league

SoccerNews in Scottish Premier League 12 Oct 2012

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Rangers chief executive Charles Green expects his side to be a part of a European super league, which he believes will inevitably be formed.

Despite currently residing in the Scottish Third Division after being refused entry back into the SPL following financial meltdown, Green is confident that – if a new league were to form – Rangers would definitely feature.

The 59-year-old thinks top teams in the Premier League and abroad will tire of playing in their respective divisions and will want to challenge themselves and increase revenue by playing the best teams in Europe regularly.

“There will be a European league because big teams can’t keep subsidising small teams like Southampton for the next 10 years because they will go stale,” Green told reporters.

“Arsenal don’t want to play Southampton or Swansea but ask them if they want to play Celtic or Rangers. It’s what the fans want to see.

“Fans across the world want to see Manchester United play Barcelona, not just once every few years but every season.

“If there are two divisions of 18 clubs, how could Rangers not be a part of that? I’m convinced it will happen because otherwise where will the revenues for the top come from?

“These days Arsenal are struggling to sell out their game against West Ham.”

Green is astounded by the similar turnovers at Premier League clubs, regardless of their individual success, and feels that teams such as Manchester United will grow frustrated and seek further riches elsewhere.

He pondered: “How can Manchester United’s revenues be 320 million pounds and Aston Villa, who are completely useless, get 250m pounds?

“It all comes from Sky and it’s not decided by what a club puts in. What Manchester United put into world football is massive but what they take out of it is a joke and they won’t put up with that for much longer.”

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