RANGERS deputy chairman John Bennett reckons Scotland's top four clubs should be invited to join the English League Cup in the coming years.

The idea of a cross-border cup competition has been raised and dismissed numerous times over recent seasons but Bennett believes there is real value in the proposal.

The blueprint could see Rangers and Celtic joined in the Carabao Cup by two other Premiership sides but any plan will need the backing of Football League clubs.

HeraldScotland: Steven Gerrard

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 because I think of the colour, the fans, the excitement it would bring.

READ MORE: Rangers deputy chairman John Bennett in emphatic player sales message at Ibrox

"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, I'm keen to explore and I think it's something the English Football League 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."