Once more the issue of the Old Firm, Celtic and Rangers for the uninitiated, joining the Premier League has been raised and subsequently shot down. Not surprising really as it is not exactly in the self interest of the majority of the Premier League clubs to add two more clubs into the mix that could divert revenue even if this time the idea was broached in the context of adding a Premier League 2.
And once again here comes your handy dandy Manchester City correspondent to tell them how they should do it and make everyone happy (ahem!).
Let's start with the presumptions. Such a move is a non starter for the majority of Premier League sides, not to mention Championship sides wanting into the Premier League.
Second, at least in the short term, such a move which significantly weaken the Scottish leagues.
Third UEFA and FIFA would no doubt have a fit although I'd support the Old Firm joining the Premier League if only to see Platini and Blatter spout their absurdities once more.
The solution. The League Cup. England has one; so does Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is in each case the third most important competition in the country.
Create a British Cup which is an amalgamation of all four League Cups. Set up tiers as there are now in the English League Cup with the Premier League teams and the Old Firm, possibly with a couple of other Scottish sides, coming in after a couple of rounds. Currently as I understand it only the English League Cup has a Europa League spot. Approach UEFA to add an additional qualifying spot which is given to the highest finishing non English team.
In one swoop you give value to the teams, fans and crucially the sponsors and tv rights holders. The additional revenue that such a Cup would bring could be plowed back into the leagues around Britain. Ultimately strong leagues in each country is supportive of the game in helping to unearth talent.
Yeah I know, makes too much sense. Will never happen.