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Calls for Rangers "competitive shock" which could see £365m PSG duo at Ibrox

Rangers and Celtic should join forces with the likes of star-studded PSG and old Champions League rivals Marseille if they’re to flourish on the international stage.

That’s according to a leading economist, who believes that Rangers, Celtic, and Ligue 1 would be better served in their ambitions by joining forces.

The proposals could see Rangers turn out at the Parc de Princes in Paris on a regular basis. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Jean-Pascal Gayant has drawn up a Ligue 1 rescue plan after French football was hit by the collapse of a TV deal and some clubs experience financial trouble.


As part of it, Gayant’s plans envisage Rangers and Celtic locking horns with the likes of £365m PSG duo Kylian Mbappe (£165m) and Neymar (£200m) on a regular basis.

“European football is characterised by a fragmentation that seems ever more anachronistic,” said Gayant [So Foot].

“Admittedly, the Champions League and the other European competitions form a system allowing the best teams to compete against each other on a recurring basis, but, in the national leagues, the gap between the big dogs and the lower-ranked continues to grow.

“One of the reasons for this growing imbalance is that the top names benefit from the resources of the Champions League.

“This is a real proposition, the Scottish league is a bit flawed: 12 teams meeting three times each, then five more games to find a way to end the season by trying to correct the structural imbalance.

“The two Glasgow teams dominate, so making room for these two Scottish clubs in our Ligue 1 seems to me to be an opportunity jointly for Scottish football as well as French football.

“As a first step, go to 16 teams in Ligue 1, or 18 possibly with the two Scottish teams.

Rangers held their own in the pre-season Veolia Trophy Tournament in France, winning the competition which included the likes of Nice, Lyon and Celtic. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

“That way you create a competitive shock: with approximately the same wage bill spread over 16 or 18 teams rather than 20, the average quality numbers will increase and the clubs will have time to play European matches ‘to the full’.

“Of course, we have to cushion the shock for the clubs which will be relegated to Ligue 2 and the National League.

“We must therefore also create a professional Ligue 3, and even a mixed Ligue 4 with pro and non-pro clubs.

“Today the pro world is in a Malthusian obsession for fear of having to fund the lower leagues. It is a very short-term vision.”

Could you imagine seeing these two rocking up at Ibrox each season? (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Would you fancy Rangers facing off in the Parc de Princes, the Stade Velodrome or even the Groupama Stadium in the years to come?

The Ibrox side are also likely to be part of a shake-up to Europe’s premier competition as the Champions League prepares to undergo a dramatic overhaul in the coming seasons.

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