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'No means no', Scudamore dismisses Old Firm pair

PREMIER League chief executive Richard Scudamore last night told Celtic and Rangers they will never be allowed to join the English top-flight.<br /><br />A proposal from Bolton chairman Phil Gartside to include the Old Firm pair in a new two-tier structure was overwhelmingly rejected by club chiefs yesterday.<br /><br />And Scudamore moved to finally bring the on-running debate to an end, insisting: &ldquo;No means no. The clubs discussed this and, as far as Celtic and Rangers are concerned, it&rsquo;s a non-starter. The clubs constitutionally voted to say we are not going to take this any further.<br /><br />&ldquo;We have made a clear and unequivocal statement. No means no &ndash; Celtic and Rangers are not coming in.&rdquo;<br /><br />Gartside&rsquo;s proposals were backed by Aston Villa manager Martin O&rsquo;Neill and Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp but failed to win the support of the majority, rejected as neither &ldquo;desirable or viable&rdquo;.<br /><br />Premier League chiefs have not yet, however, ruled out Gartside&rsquo;s other idea of introducing a two-tier structure, consisting of between 36 and 40 clubs. <br /><br />This proposal will now be taken forward as part of the league&rsquo;s wider strategic review.<br />