Manchester City have dominated the Carabao Cup in recent years – but will there be new teams entering the competition?

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Glasgow Rangers and arch rivals Celtic should be invited to compete in the EFL's Carabao Cup.

That's the verdict of Rangers' deputy chairman John Bennett, who feels the competition is in need of a shake-up – and that the Old Firm duo can provide that.

He also believes that both clubs would sell out their away allocation – "no problem".

Traditionally, the League Cup sees all 92 members of the Premier League and EFL compete. EFL sides join in round one, the Premier League clubs not playing in Europe join in the second round and those clubs who are in Europe are then introduced in the third round.

Rangers and Celtic have long been linked with a move into English football

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Bennett told the Price of Football podcast: "I think the Carabao Cup would be very interesting for the Old Firm to be invited to, but also to participate in because I think of the colour, the fans and the excitement it would bring.

"And I actually think the attraction it would bring to broadcasters. I'm not sure it's limited to the Old Firm.

"Could it be an invitation that's extended to, say, the top four clubs in any given season in the Scottish Premiership?

"I think that's something we should explore, it's something I'm keen to explore and I think it's something the EFL should be keen to explore.

"Forecasting is always a dangerous game but I'll give you this forecast – we would sell out our away allocation, no problem."

The Carabao Cup has practically belonged to Manchester City in recent years. They have won six of the last eight editions, including four on the spin.

Manchester City have won the last four editions of the Carabao Cup

The idea of cross-British participation in cup events is not new. The last few seasons saw the Scottish Challenge Cup invite a clutch of English non-league sides as well as teams from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Wales.

But the idea has been put on the back-burner due to the pandemic and the need to cut unnecessary travel.

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