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Rodgers makes bold Celtic Premier League claim after Manchester City draw

By Harvey Byrne

Brendan Rodgers has claimed that Celtic would be a top four or six club if his side moved south of the border and competed in the Premier League.

The Scottish champions held Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side to a 3-3 draw on Wednesday and Rodgers has warned English clubs to be wary of his side if they were to compete in the world’s most popular competition.

The Football League have planned to extend their structure in England to 100 clubs from 72, but they have ruled out the possibility of Scottish clubs dropping down into the system.

However, Rodgers, who managed both Liverpool and Swansea in the Premier League, believes that his current side would be towards the top of the English pyramid if they were given the opportunity.

“Make no bones about it. If Celtic are in England, Celtic are one of the top four, six clubs there,” said Rodgers to the Mirror.

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“So can you imagine then the resources playing at that level, what that would produce for Celtic. It could go as far as it wants then.

“For Celtic to be in the English pyramid system is very tough because of the size of the club.

“We have the history, huge club, fan base, team, stadium, it would be a frightening prospect and an exciting prospect if it ever happened but for others looking through it would be very difficult to accept.”

The Hoops have won their domestic title the last five times, with fierce rivals Rangers demoted due to being liquidated.

The Ibrox club returned to the Scotland’s top flight in the new campaign after four years away, but Celtic still sit at the top of the league with a game in hand and four points clear of second place Aberdeen.

However, in Europe as well as the draw against Manchester City they had also suffered a humiliating 7-0 loss against Barcelona.

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