By Harvey Byrne

Former Chelsea midfielder turned football pundit Andy Townsend has suggested Jermain Defoe could destroy Scottish defences at the age of 45 if he signed for Celtic.

The 34-year-old striker has a brilliant record in England with 158 goals in 459 outings in the Premier League.

At his relatively late age in football terms he has still shown he has what it takes with 14 strikes for a struggling Sunderland team in 28 league appearances.

He has also recently been recalled to the England national team and Townsend believes he would humiliate Scottish football and keep on scoring for another 11 years if he made the move to Glasgow.

In an amusing dig at the standards in Scottish football, former Aston Villa and Chelsea midfielder Townsend highlighted the difference with the Premier League.

“Listen, Jermain will score when he’s 45 if he went up to Celtic,” told Townsend to BBC 5 Live’s Monday Night Club.

“It’s true, that’s true. Listen, that’s a fact.”

Normally, footballers start winding down their career when they reach the ages of 35 and it is very rare that they are still able to play at top-flight level.

The current oldest player in the Premiership is Clint Hill and there are just four other players over the age of 35 playing in the league this season.

However, Townsend feels that Defoe would still prove to be a class above Scotland until he’s 45 if he was to move to currently unbeaten side Celtic.

In other Celtic transfer news, this Hoops ace is at the centre of a drastic overhaul by Premier League giants.

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