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English Football League Rules Out Scottish Clubs Celtic, Rangers Joining New Division

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 09 / 23 / 16

Scottish Premiership clubs Celtic and Rangers "will not form part of any revamp of the English league system," following a meeting of Football League clubs, according to Scott McClymont of STV. All 72 league clubs "are in the middle of a major discussion over the future of the sport," labeled t...

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