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Old Firm will join the Premier League - Dermot Desmond

Rangers v Celtic
Rangers and Celtic are currently not part of the Premier League's plans

Celtic's largest shareholder believes the Old Firm giants will join England's Premier League because of the influence of media organisations on football.

Last year, Premier League clubs voted to reject a proposal to bring Rangers and Celtic into the English top flight.

"What will dictate them joining is the fans and the media companies," Dermot Desmond told BBC Radio 5 live.

"The companies are directing Premier League policy and they'll decide it'll be a good thing if the pair joined."

The 2009 proposal was put together by Bolton chairman Phil Gartside who suggested that the Scottish sides would be part of a two-tier Premier League.


Premier League chief executive Peter Scudamore said at the time: "As regards to Celtic and Rangers it's a non-starter.

"So we've made a clear and unequivocal statement and we're going to move on from there. No means no."

Desmond also reiterated his belief that clubs' wages need to be capped to prevent them from going out of business.

"There should be regulations and rules throughout Europe," he stated.

"There should be a cap on how much a club can borrow and a cap on wages in relation to its revenue.

"It's important that clubs are not being jeopardised. I'm sure in the next few years we will see some clubs will go out of business."

Listen to the full interview with Dermot Desmond on Club, Sweat and Tears, BBC Radio 5 live, Tuesday 31 August, 1930 BST

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Ex-Old Firm duo back move south
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Rangers chief predicts SPL exit
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Moyes backs two-tier league plan
06 Nov 09 |  Premier League
Old Firm switch to be discussed
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