By Will Butcher
Robbie Savage has claimed that Celtic would only be competitive at a Championship level, if they ever competed in England.
The former midfielder responded to claims by Bhoys manager Brendan Rodgers that suggested they could compete at the top end of the Premier League.
Writing in his Daily Mirror column, Savage claimed that Celtic would struggle at that level and in current footballing terms, they are no better than the bigger sides of the Championship.
“I like Brendan,” Savage wrote in his Daily Mirror column. “But let’s get real: Celtic Football Club is a massive institution, but on a purely footballing level they would currently only be one of the biggest fish in the Championship.
“When was the last time a top Premier League side went to Barcelona and got wiped out 7-0?”
Celtic recently proved that they could compete at the top level after a 3-3 Champions League draw against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
But former Leicester, Blackburn and Birmingham midfielder Savage believes that on paper, the Hoops would only be able to match the bigger teams of England’s second tier such as Newcastle, Leeds and Aston Villa.
The claims are likely to anger Celtic fans, but it remains to be seen if Celtic will ever move from their Scottish Premiership throne to challenge themselves down south.
In other Celtic news, manager Rodgers could make four changes to face Dundee FC on Saturday.