Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack made a plea for it – but Atlantic League plans are all but over due to Celtic not wanting involved.

Shelbourne chairman Andrew Doyle wanted Aberdeen, Celtic, Hearts, Hibs and Rangers to join northern European teams in a breakaway league. His company – SAL Sports Capital – were prepared to finance the project with £350million worth of broadcast rights if it were to go ahead.

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Aberdeen and Celtic are involved in the talks. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

After European Super League plans spectacularly arose and collapsed this week, Atlantic League talk was back on the table. Aberdeen chairman Cormack urged Celtic powerbroker Dermot Desmond to rethink his stance on an Atlantic League and Doyle says it can’t form without Parkhead backing.

He said (BBC): “The first thing to say about that project is it was designed to improve competitive balance, rather than this current proposal, which is designed to create a closed Super League. The position on it is that Celtic have decided not to participate in the proposal.


“As a consequence, Celtic being a significant brand, it’s on pause or dead, because of Dermot Desmond or Celtic’s opinion of it. I think it’s obvious that bigger clubs should play at an appropriate level of competition and what we were trying to do with that proposal was simply trying to create another layer in the pyramid.

So, Scottish football, and Irish, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish football, would benefit because they would be playing at a higher level of competition, but nevertheless remaining in their own countries.

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Hibs and Hearts could be involved but Celtic have said no. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“The players would play for their own clubs at a higher level of competition with completely open access from the SPFL to this league. So, explicitly, the SPFL becomes more competitive because it’s no longer a league that only two clubs can win.”

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