Celtic may not have been interested – but the likes of Aberdeen have been hit with a blow after more disappointing Atlantic League news.
Principal Celtic shareholder Dermot Desmond recently pushed back plans to get involved in a reshaped Atlantic League with sides from Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the Republic of Ireland taking part. Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack urged his Celtic counterpart to rethink and get involved.
The league would be heavily backed by investment bank JP Morgan and it could net those involved up to £350 million. Aberdeen, Celtic, Hearts, Hibs and Rangers were set to be the Scottish representatives.
Rosenborg, Viking, Valarenga and Molde were set to represent Norway but the Norwegian chief executive Leif Overland is far from sold on the idea: “We received a proposal about the Atlantic League and we have discussed it with my colleagues in Sweden and Denmark.
“We do not consider it very likely for the league to become a reality and therefore we have not spent a lot of time working on the proposal. We haven’t rejected the idea completely, but our position is that our league and cups are more important and we want to make a comeback in Europe through UEFA’s competitions.
“UEFA have shown they are very good at building new projects and I understand they have great positivity about their new Europa Conference League From what I have learned, it seems JP Morgan are involved in the investment and with good financing like that, the proposal must be taken seriously.
“But I think it’s unlikely to be a good audience project because of the teams involved and the biggest challenge would be finding room in the football calendar. Some of these leagues play in the summer and some in the winter too, so it would be extremely challenging.”
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