UEFA have new plans for a bumper Champions League which will see the traditional group stage system scrapped.

The new scheme will see 36 teams qualify rather than the traditional 32 and face off in a league structure.

The fixture list will be revamped in what is know as the 'Swiss system'. Teams are to be given five home games and five away games against 10 different opponents.

After 10 games the top eight teams in the league will go through to the last 16, while the next 16 teams go into a play-off round to determine who makes up the rest of the first knockout round.

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While the majority of places will be handed out for league placings, there will be two places reserved for the non-qualified teams with the best coefficient record over the previous five seasons.

With the Scottish coefficient rising it could be good news for Rangers and Celtic in the shadow of talks over the Super League.

After Steven Gerrard's side Europa League exploits this term Scotland now sit in 11th place in the rankings.

One of the additional places will also go to the club ranked third in the championship of the association in fifth position in the UEFA national association ranking.

Another will be awarded to a domestic champion by extending from four to five the number of clubs qualifying via the so-called “Champions Path”.

The format of the competition is set to be changed from 2024 onward.

President Aleksander Čeferin released a loaded statement on the proposals following the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City revealing the breakaway plans as he unveiled the new plans.

Čeferin said: “This new format supports the status and future of the domestic game throughout Europe as well.

"It retains the principle that domestic performance should be the key to qualification and reconfirms the principles of solidarity right through the game and of open competition.

“This evolved format will still keep alive the dream of any team in Europe to participate in the UEFA Champions League thanks to results obtained on the pitch and it will enable long-term viability, prosperity, and growth for everyone in European football, not just a tiny, self-selected cartel.

“Football is a social and cultural treasure, enriched with values, traditions and emotions shared across our continent.

"As the governing body and responsible stewards of the European game, it is UEFA’s role to safeguard this legacy while leading positive future development of football in Europe for national associations, leagues, clubs, players, and fans at every level."