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5th Mar, 2017 | 6:30pm

Reality check needed: Three reasons why Celtic would struggle in the English Championship

COMMENT by Amir Mir

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers recently defended the standard of Scottish football as his team continues to smash records.

In truth, if you were in Rodgers’ shoes, you would take that stance if your team was unbeaten on the domestic scene having won 26 of their 27 SPL games, including lifting a Scottish League Cup.

With various debates of where Celtic would finish in the English Premier League, Football Insider states three reasons why they would struggle in the Championship, never mind the top tier.

Poor quality

When the likes of Scott Sinclair have been your main attacking threat and reasons for your success this season, it is easy to see why supporters would be critical of Scottish football. Sinclair was a player that struggled to get into an Aston Villa team that was relegated from the Premier League last season with only three wins to their name. The majority of this Bhoys team are sub-standard players whose qualities are shot through the roof because of the ineptness around them.

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Comparing Rodgers team to Newcastle, Leeds, Villa

Newcastle are the current leaders in England’s second tier, with Leeds in a promotion place and Aston Villa struggling in mid table. Comparing Rodgers side to those teams and you could see many of his players struggle to make the starting XI. The likes of Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey, Pablo Hernandez, Chris Wood, Rob Green and James Chester would make the Celtic starting XI. Yet, the Glasgow club are steam-rolling their domestic circuit and these players are plying their trade in the second tier.

Scottish football not helping Celtic

The Glasgow giants may walk the league season in and season out, but the quality around them is of League One standard. A reality check is needed in Scotland and the current champions of that country need to understand that the extremely poor quality they face makes them better than they already are. The likes of Dedryck Boyata, Kolo Toure, Sinclair struggled in the Premier League. While their star man, Moussa Dembele came from a Championship club and his strike partner Leigh Griffiths struggled with Wolves while they were a League One side. All are made to look better than they already are.

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