Kevin Phillips claims Rangers would find it difficult to compete with the Premier League’s ‘big six’ in a British Super League. 

The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted that Rangers and Celtic playing south of the border would destroy Scottish football.

The Sun claim both Rangers and Celtic are wanted as part of a new-look British league after the proposed European Super League collapsed last week.

There has been plenty of talk about the Old Firm sides joining English football in the past and this has always led to the debate about how well each club would perform in the Premier League.

Phillips claims he doesn’t want to see Rangers join the Premier League or a new British League and insisted they would struggle to compete when it comes to transfers.

“First and foremost, I don’t see that [British League] happening,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“It would destroy Scottish football just like the European Super League would have destroyed the Premier League. 

“If it was ever to happen, in stature Rangers are a club who sit side by side with some of those clubs in the ‘big six’. 

“It would be amazing for them but I personally would not want to see it just for the sake of Scottish football. 

“It would be difficult because they’d have to spend a lot more in terms of transfers if they want to compete with those clubs.”

Rangers have won this season’s Scottish Premiership but crashed out of the Scottish Cup on penalties against St Johnstone on Sunday evening.

The loss effectively ended the Gers’ season as they have nothing to play for other than an unbeaten league record with three games left to play.

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