Speculation was mounting last night that Scottish Premier League crisis club Rangers were looking to buy English league one club Bury and move the club 200 miles up to Glasgow, bringing English Football League fixtures to Scotland for the first time.
A report in a tabloid newspaper claims that new chairman Charles Green is considering the option as Rangers are currently in liquidation, with SPL clubs due to vote on whether to accept Rangers straight back into the league. If the clubs vote no, Rangers could face the prospect of starting the season in the Scottish Third Division.
With no decision made yet, the SPL fixture list released on Monday, listed Rangers simply as 'Club 12'.
Reactions to the story were varied. Welshman Scott England, speaking on the breakfast show of TalkScot Radio told listeners "I can see it now - Rangers join the English football league, Celtic could join the Irish league to accommodate their large fan base in the Emerald Isles. That would leave two vacancies in the SPL - maybe Carlisle and FC United would join the SPL to fill that gap. With FC United, a team started by disenfranchised Man United fans playing at Gigg Lane - home of Bury - the irony would be Scottish Premier League football coming to Greater Manchester - a straight swap for locals who miss League One football. Berwick, an English town on the edge of Scotland - with a football team who currently play in the Scottish Third Division - could join the English football League to replace Carlisle, and don't even get me started on Swansea, Cardiff, Barry Town, Newport County, AFC Wimbledon and MK Dons".
A spokesman for Frank Skinner and David Baddiel, presenters of Fantasy Football said "It'll Never Work, It'll Never Work - and neither will we again"