Former Aberdeen chief Keith Wyness has suggested Celtic and Rangers will keep a close eye on developments at Fenerbahce as they eye a sensational potential move into the English football pyramid.

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Speaking on the most recent episode of Football Insider’s Inside Track podcast, the 66-year-old—who led Aberdeen as CEO from 2000 to 2004—had stints as the head of Everton and Aston Villa and currently operates a football consultancy that provides elite clubs with advisory services—said the European powerhouses pulling out of the Turkish Super Lig would create a “precedent” for Old Firm clubs to follow suit.


Following an attack on their players during a match against Trabzonspor, Fenerbahce considered pulling out of the Turkish top flight. On Tuesday, April 2, they made the decision to stay.

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Chairman Ali Koc claims the issue will be brought up again in the club’s general assembly this summer, so it is not entirely addressed.

The question of Old Firm teams joining the English football pyramid has long been debated; several requests have been turned down both north and south of the border.


Fenerbahce fall-out could mean huge changes at Celtic and Rangers


Wyness said that Rangers and Celtic could decide to move teams as a result of the Fenerbahce predicament.

He stated on the Insider Track podcast of Football Insider: “Celtic and Rangers will be monitoring this critical situation.

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“The main defence of the Super League has always been the freedom of teams to relocate if they are dissatisfied with their current location.

“I understand that the United States and Europe want to maintain countries as viable nations.

“If clubs are allowed to roam about and become into franchises as in the US, I believe it goes out of control. It’s not what I believe is best for the fans.

Fenerbahce, however, may provide a precedent for teams like Celtic and Rangers to follow if they do ultimately choose to withdraw from the Turkish League.

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But they won’t be joining English football as things now stand.

Also, Celtic has their sights set on the 26-year-old star of the Championship.




By Fafa T

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