By Matt Farr
Brendan Rodgers has made a big claim about his Celtic side following their Scottish Premiership title triumph on Sunday.
Celtic cruised to a sixth consecutive league title with a 5-0 win over Hearts at Tynecastle, but Rodgers reckons his side are good enough to compete alongside the big boys in the Premier League.
He told Sky Sports following the game that his side could comfortably finish in the top six if they were playing in England’s top flight.
There have been regular criticisms over the sheer gulf in quality between the top Scottish and English leagues, with Celtic remaining unbeaten in all domestic competitions this season.
But Rodgers believes his side have more than enough quality and support to thrive in the Premier League, and achieve a top six – or even top four – finish.
He said: “Could we play in the Premier League? Yes, we could. Celtic would be one of the minimum top four, top six clubs in the English Premier League and then that puts you on a different level altogether.
“I have absolutely no doubt about it because we’ve got the Celtic factor. We have 60,000 every other week. Without the money alone, this team would compete in the Premier League.
“This is one of the great iconic clubs in the world so there is no doubt that with this group we could go in [there and compete]. Imagine the backing then.”
Having guided Liverpool to a second-place Premier League finish during the 2013-14 season, this is Rodgers’ first league title win as manager.
But it will be made all the more special if they can maintain their unbeaten domestic run right up until the curtain comes down at the end of the season.
Celtic have won all but two of the league games this season, dropping points only against Inverness and Rangers; while they have yet to be beaten in domestic cup competitions.
They lifted the Scottish League Cup in November with a 3-0 win over Aberdeen, while their Scottish Cup campaign leaves them just two wins away from victory.
A triumph in the Scottish Cup will bring even further success to Parkhead, handing Rodgers and Celtic a domestic treble.
In other Celtic news, Joe Ledley has sent a Twitter message to Celtic after their league title triumph.