There have always been rumors in the last few years that the English Premier League have wanted to play a regular season fixture in the United States. Now neighboring Scotland wants in on that idea as well.
According to a report from STV Sport, Dundee FC is looking to play fabled club Celtic in either Boston or Philadelphia, who have been identified as possible host cities. The game would likely be played as part of next season (2016-17) since Dundee's only remaining home match against Celtic is scheduled for December 30th.
The report also states that the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) board would have to approve the game quoting a league spokesperson, "The SPFL Board would require to sanction any move for a league game to be played overseas. To date the SPFL has not received any application from any member club for any games to be played overseas."
It would be the first time a top flight Scottish league game has been played outside of Scotland.
Celtic played the New England Revolution in a friendly back in 2006 at Gillette Stadium and would be an ideal opponent given their club history internationally. Dundee's ownership group is led by American Tim Keyes with partner John Nelms as the managing director of the club. A similar idea of a "39th Game" was proposed by the English Premier League back in 2008 but was rejected by The FA only to have the concept emerge again in recent years. MLS Commissioner Don Garger has even spoken out against the idea as recently as last week, claiming that EPL games would harm MLS' growth.
Dundee currently sit 6th in the Scottish Premiership standings and lost 6-0 in Glasgow to Celtic, who are in 1st, back on September 20th. The SPL's regular season schedule eventually splits the top six and bottom six teams late in the year after 33 games with the final five games of season played within the six-team groups.