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Could Celtic be invited into new FIFA club competition?

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Celtic could be invited to take part in a global league worth £17 billion.

Talks have been held at the highest level within FIFA as they look to make the club game as global as international football.

UEFA are wary of discussions as they protect the Champions League but the prospect of American and Chinese investors is bound to create interest.

In 2016 Celtic took part in the International Champions Cup which saw them playing against Barcelona, Leicester City and Inter Milan.

That pre-season event has expanded from the United States into Europe with FIFA keen to retain control and not prevent an essentially private competition from rivalling their own events.

According to Sky Sports:

Reports suggest FIFA Council rejected president Gianni Infantino’s request to push forward with the proposal at last month’s meeting in Colombia.

FIFA hopes to expand the current Club World Cup to include at least 12 teams from Europe – something UEFA fear could compete with the Champions League.

A new Global Nations League would include a preliminary round, regional play-offs and a final tournament featuring a handful of top teams.

After the meeting, Infantino said discussions about the future of FIFA’s club competitions would be addressed at the next Council meeting, in Moscow in June.

With Celtic’s strong support in North America and unique appeal to the Irish diaspora they are bound to be considered in any discussions about a global league.

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