Aberdeen, Celtic, Hearts, Hibs and Rangers have been given the thumbs up to help form an Atlantic League with teams across Europe.

Celtic majority shareholder Dermot Desmond recently said the Hoops would not be interested in the plans worth £350 million. But Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack is urging all Scottish clubs to consider the cross-border league.

Cormack is urging Celtic to get involved.

Cormack is urging Celtic to get involved. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group via Getty Images)

The five Scottish clubs were involved in plans drawn up by Irish sports investment guru Andrew Doyle. It would feature 20 teams from the SPFL, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the Republic of Ireland.

The league would be financially backed by investment bank JP Morgan to the fine tune of £350 million, although the Norwegian football authorities recently suggested they may not want to participate in such plans.

UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin has given them the green light but says challenge lie in wait: “At UEFA, we are thinking about regional leagues and we have been talking to the leaders of national federations about that.

UEFA have backed the plans. (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)

“More and more countries are interested in the possibility of a regional league because that would increase the value of clubs, as well as income from sponsors and the sale of TV rights.

“UEFA, in principle, has nothing against regional leagues. The main problem is how to go from those leagues to European competitions. UEFA would have to solve that problem.

“In addition, we do not want to create some regional leagues that would destroy national championships. So, regional leagues are a serious undertaking and nothing concrete has been decided yet, but it is being considered.”

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