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‘Keep the dream alive’: Celtic and Rangers hailed by UEFA president in Super League appeal

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‘Keep the dream alive’: Celtic and Rangers hailed by UEFA president in Super League appeal

The president of UEFA has cited Celtic and Rangers as examples of clubs who are integral to European competition.

It was revealed on Sunday night that Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Milan, Real Madrid and Tottenham had formed a European Super League.

The move has been roundly condemned by fans, players and pundits.

Speaking at the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress on Tuesday, Aleksander Čeferin delivered a strong message to the breakaway 12.

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As quoted by BT Sport Football, Čeferin said: “Football does not belong to anyone. Or rather, it belongs to everyone, because football is part of our heritage.

“Respect for history. Respect for tradition. Respect for others. This means something.

 

“Those clubs who think they are big and untouchable today should remember where they came from.

“And they should realise that if they are European giants today, it is partly thanks to UEFA…

“To the English clubs, come to your senses. Not out of love for football, I don’t imagine you have much of that, but out of respect for the people who bleed for the team, out of respect for the home of football.

“UEFA competitions needs Atalanta, Celtic, Rangers, Dinamo Zagreb and Galatasaray. People to know everyone has a chance.

“We need to keep the dream alive.”

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Celtic won the European Cup in 1967 and reached the UEFA Cup Final in 2003.

Rangers won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1972 and were UEFA Cup finalists in 2008.

While Celtic served up a series of disappointing performances in both the Champions League and Europa League this season, Rangers reached the last 16 of the latter tournament for a second successive campaign.

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