This story has barely been touched by the UK media, with only one tabloid raising it, but the court case going on Luxembourg right now could finally give Rangers an out from the SPHell and permission to pursue alternative leagues.
Football Club Swift Hesperange are essentially suing UEFA and their own FA after they decided they were constricted in their home league, and wanted the chance to grow by joining alternative competitions.
That, of course, is currently not possible thanks to legislation, and Rangers are a victim of this – despite all the talk of whether the PL would actually ‘want’ us, is the simple fact Rangers cannot just up and leave on a legal basis.
The move is not legal as things stand, well, not legal in football law.
As such, Hesperange’s case is gigantic, and being dubbed Bosman II because if they win, it will have the same impact as the Belgian’s victory in the 90s and will change the sport forever.
In Hollywood, actor Crispin Glover made his fellow thespians very rich indeed after he sued and won for his image rights when Back to the Future 2 used his resemblance without his permission – thereafter actors had value in their image and became rich from selling it.
Just like that impact in movies, Bosman changed the football world, and this ruling, if the tiny club from Luxembourg win, has absolutely stratospheric implications.
Will it mean Rangers can just up and leave?
No, it won’t be that easy – but it will mean the red tape legally binding us to Scotland is gone, and we’re allowed to pursue the exit.
Getting permission and support from the English football system to join them is another ball game entirely though.
Would we all want to age another 10 years coming up through the English pyramid?
And bear in mind, it would be 100x harder to get to the PL than it was to get to the Scottish Premiership.
Look how hard Leeds struggled to even get back to the PL – took them 20 years. Nottingham Forest took 30.
But… in theory the opportunity could be there. If the wee team win their court case.
We watch and wonder…