By Danny Wright
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has suggested that Celtic midfielder Scott Brown would not be able to step up to the standard of football in England if he was to ever make the switch.
Scholes, 42, believes that Brown is currently in the “right place” and has brought up the age-old debate about the quality between Scottish and English football.
Brown made 54 appearances across all competitions for Celtic this season as he captained his side to the domestic treble without defeat.
But United hero Scholes is sceptical over whether he could pull off a similar feat with a team south of the border.
“Scott is in the right place. He’s a real leader,” said the ex-England international to the Daily Record.
“I’ve watched him over the years in the Celtic team but it’s hard to gauge the level of the Scottish game compared to down here.
“Scott has had a fantastic career with Celtic. But could he have done the same with a big club down in England? I’m not sure he’d have had the same influence.”
Scholes was speaking ahead of England’s World Cup qualifier clash at Hampden Park with Scotland on Saturday.
Brown is one of six Celtic players that are in the squad to face the Three Lions, who are currently four points clear at the top of Group F.
Scotland are currently fourth with seven points and will have quite a task on their hands to try and beat a Gareth Southgate side which is yet to concede a goal in their first five matches.
The last time the two international rivals met saw England run out 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill.
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