How about a cup between the top 8 sides of the Scottish league who did not qualify for Europe and the top 4 sides of the Irish and league of Ireland leagues.
The trophy could be played just before the season starts to the time of the 1st round og the Europea cuop. At present sides outside of the old firm have barely done anything for the last 10 years.
I think a reason for this is that Scottish sides are not used to European football experience.
Most Scottish sides outside the old firm go about 3 or more years in a row without qualifying for European football, they then get one shot, then by the time they are back there again they have different players and managers.
We should just have another trophy to play to give Scottish sides outside of European football more experience, year to year for the big trophies. Also many teams are not used to fixture congestion this would enable them to plan for such an event. So it would be no real issue going into Europe with a new European campaign as teams would be used to it.
WE NEED TO GET TEAMS USED TO PLAYING MORE GAMES AT THE START OF THE SEASON AND PLAYING IN EUROPE.
The format would be 16 teams
8 from Scotland 4 from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Meaning 16 teams
16 teams First round Two
8 Quarter Final one leg
4 Semi Final one leg
2 Final at Scotland or Ireland neutral stadium
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