Football Manager predicts: This is where Celtic would finish in the Premier League
COMMENT By Matt Farr
Former Chelsea star Jason Cundy emphatically stated earlier this week that Celtic would struggle to compete if they were in the Premier League.
Celtic moved an incredible 27 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership with their win over Inverness on Wednesday, and extended their unbeaten domestic run to 33 games.
Their remarkable success, however, triggered a less than complimentary response from Cundy, who slammed the quality of the Scottish Premiership, and insisted that Celtic would be scrapping it out at the bottom of the league if they were in the Premier League.
In light of Cundy’s comments, Football Insider took to popular management simulation game Football Manager to predict how Celtic would fare in England’s top flight.
Here is the predicted outcome:
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Football Manager predicted that Celtic would finish the 2016-17 season bottom of the Premier League, with a measly 21 points from their 38 matches.
The simulation suggested Brendan Rodgers would only lead his side to four league victories throughout the season, suffering 22 defeats and managing nine draws.
It would end with Rodgers sacked in May after the club’s fate was sealed, and replaced by former Celtic boss Neil Lennon.
Unsurprisingly, given his current form for Celtic, Moussa Dembele finished as the club’s top-goalscorer with eight goals.
Celtic managed to score just 23 goals between them throughout the entire league campaign, and not even a quality player like Dembele could change that.
Rodgers’ side got off to the worst possible start to life in England, losing 5-0 on the opening day of the season to Manchester City.
Three back-to-back 3-0 defeats followed against Manchester United, Everton and Tottenham, but there was reason to cheer later on in the season as Celtic recorded a priceless 2-0 win at home to Liverpool.
But it was nowhere near enough to save them from relegation, and they crashed down to the English Championship alongside Burnley and Bournemouth.
For the sake of the simulation, Hull were sacrificed from the original Premier League roster.