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4 hours ago, DMAA said:

The biggest thing that affects this is Champions League Group qualification, the income from that is a game changer for Rangers and Celtic but we can't keep relying on them messing up. This is the biggest potential prize from winning our league at the moment. 

If either Rangers or celtic are relying on Champions League qualification these days, then they are in trouble. I think both target the Europa League groups. It is a better competition for the fans anyway.

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2 hours ago, 917 said:

If either Rangers or celtic are relying on Champions League qualification these days, then they are in trouble. I think both target the Europa League groups. It is a better competition for the fans anyway.

No the winner of the league targets the UCL groups. It’s a huge financial reward and Rangers’ best chance at overtaking Celtic. Celtic have been relying on it and it’s why they’ve had to cut the cloth when they haven’t qualified. 

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I will be a minor miracle if either Rangers or Celtic reach the CL group stage in the next five years. Those days are probably over under current formats. The impending start of a two-tier Europa League will almost certainly reserve CL for a few elite clubs and they might even break away altogether.

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Europa League is a better competition, certainly at the group stage. Who really wants to pay £50 odd quid to watch their team against the likes of PSG & Barcelona, when its game over after 10 minutes?? CL is 100% only about the money now.

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3 hours ago, Bill said:

I will be a minor miracle if either Rangers or Celtic reach the CL group stage in the next five years. Those days are probably over under current formats. The impending start of a two-tier Europa League will almost certainly reserve CL for a few elite clubs and they might even break away altogether.

Far from it Bill. The route to the groups isn’t that hard, barring a very unlucky draw. Look at Celic’s route the few times they made it in the past 6-7 years, best team they beat was an Astana or Rosenberg. And then look at the years they didn’t, teams who put them out were of a similar level and had smaller budgets than both Rangers and Celtic. UCL qualification is still very possible as things stand.  

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16 hours ago, DMAA said:

Far from it Bill. The route to the groups isn’t that hard, barring a very unlucky draw. Look at Celic’s route the few times they made it in the past 6-7 years, best team they beat was an Astana or Rosenberg. And then look at the years they didn’t, teams who put them out were of a similar level and had smaller budgets than both Rangers and Celtic. UCL qualification is still very possible as things stand.  

They changed it 2 years ago, now only 4 national champions can get through the qualifiers - outside of the top 10 leagues. Celtic were knocked out by the Greek & Romanian champions, both are better leagues than the SPFL. And they were seeded, Rangers wouldn’t be. So we could have drawn Ajax in the last round. Maybe not impossible, but certainly 50/50 at best.

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