The Old Firm are not wanted by the top flight in England
The Scottish Premier League has welcomed the decision of their English counterparts to reject plans for an Old Firm cross-border switch.
The proposal was denounced as neither "desirable or viable".
And a spokesman for the SPL said: "Rangers and Celtic are massive assets to the SPL and a vital part of the Scottish footballing landscape.
"Both clubs will continue to make an important contribution to the development of our league."
Bolton chairman Phil Gartside was behind a proposal for a new two-tier set-up of between 36 and 40 teams that would include the Old Firm pair.
However, the 20 top-flight clubs in England wasted no time in dismissing the idea.
I don't think it's the end of the talk in terms of moving away
Alastair Johnston Rangers chairman
And Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith was also delighted by the news.
"I'm glad the uncertainty has been taken away from the situation," said the former Rangers midfielder.
"It wasn't beneficial having that uncertainty hanging over the game in Scotland.
"Hopefully we can move forward with both clubs focused on being a big part of the Scottish set-up."
Celtic and Rangers insist they had no involvement with Gartside's blueprint but have made no secret of their desire to move away from their domestic league in search of greater television and advertising revenue.
Despite the emphatic rejection, Rangers chairman Alastair Johnston believes his club are soon destined for a different stage.
"We haven't really been in the vanguard of joining the EPL and this particular decision does not surprise me or overly concern me," he told BBC Scotland.
"I don't think it's the end of the talk in terms of moving away because I think there are winds of change moving across Uefa.
"It may not be in terms of restructuring leagues, but quite clearly a different business paradigm will be required.
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