Crozier backs Rangers and Celtic breakaway

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The Football Association chief executive, Adam Crozier, has given his cautious support to plans for a European league involving Celtic and Rangers. Crozier believes that the game in Scotland needs a shake-up to maintain interest north of the border.

The Football Association chief executive, Adam Crozier, has given his cautious support to plans for a European league involving Celtic and Rangers. Crozier believes that the game in Scotland needs a shake-up to maintain interest north of the border.

"A European league is certainly worth thinking about and I can see why the clubs view this as an attractive option," Crozier said. "But everyone needs to work out what it would mean in practice, particularly with regard to the Champions' League and the relationship with Scottish football.

"The promotion and relegation issue will have to be sorted out because without that you don't have a league at all.

"There is no doubt that Scottish football is not in as good health as it should be - something has to give. However, an Atlantic league is one of a number of options."

Crozier, a Scot, added that his job would be easier if travelling England supporters shared the same outlook as Scottish fans. "There is a real respect down south for the way [Scotland] fans conduct themselves when they follow their teams away from home," he said.

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