As reported by eveningtimes.co.uk,
AJAX chief executive, Edwin van der Sar, has revealed that he is working behind the scenes with his Celtic counterpart, Peter Lawwell, to stop their clubs being cut out of the picture by European football’s wealthy elite.
The Dutchman has watched with pride as Ajax have flown the flag for the continent’s smaller countries this season by reaching the Champions League quarter-finals this season, by knocking out holders Real Madrid last week.
Ajax will get the prize for that remarkable feat when the draw for the last eight is made today in Switzerland. Along with Porto of Portugal, they are the rank outsiders with Barcelona, Juventus and the English Premier League quartet – Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) March 9, 2019
These days, Van der Sar, 48, is on the board of the Amsterdam club – having also won the trophy as Ajax goalkeeper in 1995 – but insists that former European champions, like Ajax and Celtic, need their past achievements to count in helping to protect their chances of even getting an invite to the top table.
Ajax negotiated three qualifying rounds in the Champions League, and ended up getting AEK Athens in their group after the Greeks knocked out Celtic, eventually coming second behind Bayern Munich.
However, van der Sar admits it has