SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster isn’t ruling out Scottish involvement in an Atlantic League after debate between clubs like Aberdeen and Celtic.

The Dons, Celtic, Hearts, Hibs and Rangers were included in plans to take part in a regional competition by Irish sports investor Andrew Doyle. Teams from Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Republic Of Ireland would also take part.

Cormack sent a message to Celtic.

Cormack sent a message to Celtic. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Plans would be backed heavily by investment bank JP Morgan with a projected income of up to £350 million. Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack urged Celtic powerbroker Dermot Desmond to have a rethink on this concept after the Parkhead supremo announced his clubs were not interested in the plans.

Doncaster, while coy on the whole, isn’t ruling out the potential participation of Scottish clubs in such a league (Price of Football): “Everyone recognises, and UEFA recognises, that polarisation of money in football is a bad thing. The difficulty is what you do about it.

“Whereas the idea of merged leagues may have been anathema in the past, I think increasingly it is gaining traction as a concept that may be part of the solution. Scotland’s difficulty is a geographic one. Our nearest neighbours are the English Premier League who, financially, are light years ahead of us.

“The challenge is how you work more closely with leagues around you that are so different in financial scale but that’s a challenge that a number of us in Scottish football are working on.”

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