Brendan Rodgers discusses Celtic and Rangers chances of playing in English leagues
By James Black
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers believes his club playing in the Premier League would be “amazing” – but maintains that a European League is more likely.
Both Celtic and Rangers have long been linked with moving to English football and Scottish league boss Neil Doncaster suggested over the summer that there was an appetite across Europe for cross-border leagues.
In more recent years, a European league set-up has seemed the most likely to happen – if any fundamental changes were to happen – with the continent’s elite clubs, in particular, looking for new ways to expand and improve.
“I think there are just so many processes it would have to go through,” Rodgers said in an interview with Soccer AM, as quoted on Sky Sports’ website.
“I think there’s more of a chance of it being in a European league, than Celtic being in the pyramid system down south.”
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“One thing I’d say with England is that every team will believe that they can be a top flight team – Brentfords, Huddersfields – lots of clubs in England have that vision, that ambition to do that.
“So I think it would be very, very tough for a Celtic and a Rangers to be in there. It would be absolutely amazing, and then you would see the true, real size of a club like Celtic.”
Having been at the Hoops for over a year now, Rodgers will used to life in Glasgow and has a firm understanding of just how big of a club the Scottish champions are, telling Soccer AM’s Tubes: “Celtic in the Premier League would be an amazing story.”
“It would be an amazing experience for everyone, not just for Celtic but for other teams.
“I just don’t think it would ever happen. There are so many barriers to go over. Celtic are one of the great iconic clubs in the world.
“It’s the pure scale of the club, if you’re talking big clubs, history, supporters, all of that. What it doesn’t have is finance. It doesn’t have the money that the Premier League generates.”
Rodgers has guided Celtic into the Champions League group stages in back-to-back seasons and his side are currently on a 56-game unbeaten run domestically.
The opportunity for the Scottish champions to be part of England’s Premier League – and the phenomenal financial boost that comes with it – could finally see one of Scotland’s biggest clubs compete with Europe’s big guns.
In other Celtic news, there has been a major injury blow ahead of the Hoops’ upcoming big fixture.