Premier League - Paper Round: Old Firm told to forget Premier League

Thu, 29 Sep 08:58:00 2011

For the second day in a row the papers are dominated by tales about the Carlos Tevez situation but without offering anything particularly new to the story.

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So instead of focusing on another bunch of people slagging off the Argentine, Paper Round has decided to hunt the back pages for something a little different.

Another old debate was rehashed in the Daily Mail, where Wigan chairman David Whelan has come out and told Old Firm clubs Celtic and Rangers to forget about ever joining the Premier League.

Rangers, in particular, are in dire financial trouble at the moment and could be forced into administration if they lose a HMRC tax case in November.

According to the Mail, new Rangers chairman Craig Whyte is "working behind the scenes" to see if his club could move into the English structure or into a previously mooted "Atlantic League" involving other top heavy leagues such as Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands.

However, Whelan said Whyte is "living on a wing and a prayer" if he thinks the Premier League would consider allowing Rangers and Celtic into their league.

"I think the new owner of Rangers has to get real and face facts - his club plays in the Scottish Premier League. That is where they are based," said Whelan.

"Trust me, Rangers and Celtic will never get into England. I am not saying it isn’t a good idea for the OId Firm or for British football. I am saying it is not a good idea for English football. Our clubs would fight it tooth and nail.

"I have sat in on these votes within the English Premier League and there is next to no support (for Rangers or Celtic joining). Clubs here will not vote to give them access.

"I suppose maybe for the top one or two in the Premiership, it might be worthwhile.

"Manchester United might fancy playing Celtic and Chelsea might want to play Rangers now and again - but there is overwhelming opposition elsewhere."

Elsewhere and a good few of the papers have picked up quotes that QPR vice-chairman Amit Bhatia made on a QPR podcast where he said the club is still keen to sign David Beckham.

"Would we like to have him? Most certainly. Have Tony (Fernandes) and I discussed it? Yes," he said on Open All Rs.

"I am just not sure it's a real possibility. We would like to sign people of Beckham's calibre. I am just not certain Beckham would choose to come to us as a newly-promoted side.

"If he came to London, maybe he'd choose a bigger club like Spurs."

The Sun has an unconvincing two paragraph story that says Fiorentina starlet Stevan Jovetic could be "tempted" to move in news that will "interest" Chelsea.

Blackburn bad-boy El Hadji Diouf could be about to join Robert Carlos, Yuri Zhirkov and Samuel Eto'o at mega-rich Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala according to various reports. Doncaster, Wigan and Blackpool were all said to be interested in the Senegalese man.

Manchester City right-back prospect Reece Wabara is joining Paul Jewell’s Championship promotion hopefuls Ipswich on loan. Wabara came on as a substitute in City's last Premier League game of last season against Bolton for his only first team appearance. (Daily Mirror)

Finally, new Doncaster boss Dean Saunders is ready to snap up giant Herold Goulon from Blackburn as he beefs up his squad, with the 6'4" Frenchman set to join on loan. (Daily Mirror)

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