The Herald are reporting Celtic have thrown their weight behind a new proposal to revamp the Champions League which could see the club play fewer of any qualifiers in the future.
There’s a battle going on between elite clubs and clubs like Ajax and Celtic who have to jump through hoops just to get to the group stage.
Right now, it comes down to coefficient and how the country has done as a whole. Celtic have four qualifiers for the Champions League this term and slipped up in the third.
The Herald reports with this model submitted by Copenhagen, there would be a ranking system for clubs alone.
‘Under the proposed format, all 79 clubs that have qualified from the tournament would be ranked in an “entry list” based on European results over the previous ten years, with the top 20 qualifying directly for the 32-team group stage.
‘The following 12 clubs would enter in the play-off round, the next dozen in the third qualifying round, the next 13 in the second and the remaining 22 would enter at the first round of qualifiers.’
If this style of qualification was in place, this season Celtic would have entered the third round qualifiers.
The talk of reform has been happening for some time with the elite trying to make it a closed shop for themselves.
Celtic among other clubs who have a fine European history are trying to make sure that doesn’t happen. It would be a case of the rich getting richer and our club feeding off of scraps.