Shaun Harvey discusses whether Rangers and Celtic could be involved in Football League shake-up

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Glasgow Rangers and Celtic have been linked with leaving the Scottish Premiership for a long time.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the matchRangers manager Mark Warburton

Football League CEO Shaun Harvey has seemingly opened the door for Rangers and Celtic to be a part of the proposed shake-up in English football, but admitted that there could be some sizeable stumbling blocks to any potential move, The Scottish Sun reports.

The Football League are proposing the idea of introducing a fifth division by the 2019/20 season, The Scottish Sun claims, which has inevitably seen the debate about the possibility of the Old Firm switching to compete south of the border restart. 

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conferenceCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

And while Harvey conceded that a potential move has an incredibly long way to go before it even becomes a serious plan, he did suggest that the idea cannot be ruled out. 

"It could happen, but to happen 72 clubs in the football league would have to be content with it," he said, as reported by The Scottish Sun.

"And equally we have the issues of the game in Scotland to consider along with the English FA and the Scottish FA.

"Rangers and Celtic bring an added dimension to what could already be an exceptionally complex set of discussions."

Celtic's Scott Brown and Patrick Roberts in action with Rangers' Jason Holt

With the two sides set to be fighting it out in the Scottish Premiership from next season, and with Celtic securing a spot in the preliminary rounds of the Champions League once again, it seems unlikely that the Hoops or Mark Warburton's side will be particularly keen on dropping into the Football League. 

While there may be some positives eventually - for example, if they manage to secure a spot in the Premier League, it will be easier for the two clubs to hold onto their best players - it seems extremely difficult to see either club jumping at the chance to move out of a league where they are constantly competing for silverware and qualification for European football.

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