Former Premier League midfielder Jamie O’Hara has claimed that Celtic would be relegated in a British Super League should the Hoops compete in such a competition.
Speaking on talkSPORT via The Daily Record, the pundit said that the Hoops would struggle if a British Super League was to take place, with O’Hara also claiming that Rangers would stay up under manager Steven Gerrard, who led the Gers to their first Scottish Premiership title in over 10 years this season.
The Scottish Sun reported this morning that Celtic and Rangers are wanted to join an all-British Super League, with the report stating that FIFA, UEFA and the British government are likely to greenlight such a proposal, with the two Scottish giants said to be eager to join such a league which could have major financial ramifications for the two clubs.
The news comes following a week where the six biggest teams in the Premier League signed up for a European Super League, but following severe backlash from fans, players and pundits, every English side linked with the project withdrew as reported by BBC Sport, and when asked about Scottish clubs in a British Super League, O’Hara didn’t have high hopes for Celtic.
The former Tottenham midfielder said: “Right now, if they got put in tomorrow, I think Rangers would survive, they would stay up. If you put them in the Premier League now, I think Rangers would stay up with Steven Gerrard in charge. They’ve had a great season. Celtic would go down. I’d put them up for relegation.”
TBR View: Celtic would struggle in British Super League despite massive club status
The concept of an all-British football division has been touted for some time, with the general idea being to get the two giants of the Scottish game competing in a league where a duopoly doesn’t exist, yet based on form over the past 12 months, it’s hard to predict Celtic performing well if such a concept was to happen.
The Hoops finished bottom of their UEFA Europa League group this season and have failed to win any silverware this campaign for the first time in over a decade, and to take the current team and plop them into a league with Premier League sides would see the Glaswegian club struggle hugely in such a theoretical division.