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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

EPL 2009-10 season: Old Firm bid gets Redknapp's backing (NST Online)

2009/11/11

LONDON: Glasgow rivals Celtic and Rangers have won backing for their bid to join the English Premier League from Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp.

The long-standing Old Firm campaign to join the English setup was given a boost last week when both Everton's David Moyes and Aston Villa's Martin O'Neill endorsed Bolton chairman Phil Gartside's plan for them to be included in a new two-tier top flight.

Gartside's proposal is expected to be discussed at a meeting of Premier League clubs this week and Redknapp has become the first English boss to publicly back the concept.

He told the Daily Record: "Absolutely, I would welcome Celtic and Rangers to English football if they wanted to play down here. No doubt about it. I'm sure they would be good for the English game.

"We are talking about two huge football clubs and if they were to join our league you would be looking at great games in great stadiums.

"I was up in Scotland only a couple of months ago to watch Celtic play Arsenal in the Champions League qualifiers and the atmosphere was out of this world.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp

"It was incredible and I'd love to see games like that on a more regular basis.

"The one worry I would have is what happens to the rest of Scottish football if the two of them are allowed to leave but only the people up there know the answer to that.

"If you're asking me if it would be good for the English game then the answer is yes." -- AFP

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