By Matt Farr

Liverpool icon Dietmar Hamann does not believe Celtic would be able to put up much of a fight if they were in the English Premier League.

Celtic cruised to a sixth consecutive Scottish Premiership title earlier this month, in doing so moving them one step closer to a domestic treble.

However, their remarkable success has sparked criticism of the quality of Scottish football, with questions being raised over their continued undisputed dominance in the league.

The exhausted debate has seen pundits repeatedly highlight how much more challenging Celtic would find life as a Premier League side, with Liverpool favourite Hamann the latest name to deliver his verdict.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Hamann echoed the previous criticism of the Scottish league by claiming Celtic would be fighting for survival if they were in England’s top tier.

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He said: “I wouldn’t make Celtic any more than even money to be relegated. They would definitely be in the bottom third and I think they would finish between 15th and 18th.

“The likes of Southampton and Stoke have so much strength in depth these days that I don’t see them getting into the top ten.

“And that’s despite their excellent efforts against Manchester City and Barcelona this season.”

Hamann’s comments are not likely to please Celtic fans, who will be confident that their side would be capable of finishing much higher than the bottom half of the Premier League table.

Many will be showing similar levels of ambition to their manager Brendan Rodgers, who had claimed last week that Celtic would finish in the top five or six.

However, unless there comes a day when Celtic are permitted to compete alongside the likes of Manchestr City and Chelsea in England’s top flight, the likes of Rodgers and Hamman can only speculate where they would finish.

In other Celtic news, Rodgers has made a bold claim about Celtic after signing a new deal with the club.

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