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Rodgers: Most English clubs would be 'terrified' by Celtic

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed that most English clubs would be terrified to come up against the club on a weekly basis.

The former Liverpool manager was speaking following his team's impressive 3-3 Champions League draw with Manchester City on Wednesday.

When asked if the game was a good advertisement for the concept of a crossover league involving English and Scottish clubs, Rodgers said: "No. It's one where the reality is that Celtic would frighten most English clubs.

"Having been in England since I was 16 years of age – and when I'm gone from here, whenever that is and hopefully not for a number of years – I would say the same thing.

"Celtic going to England would be a massive barrier for lots of clubs. Make no mistake about it, if Celtic get invited into the pyramid system and however it works they're in the Premier League, they become one of the top four, minimum top six, clubs in the country.

"What they then have behind that is something that lots of English clubs don't have, which is a history and a fanbase worldwide and in the UK.

"That's a massive threat. Some of the bigger clubs might welcome it, if they already have their place there, but you would have three-quarters of them terrified by it."

Rodgers insisted that the Hoops still remain one of the biggest clubs in the Europe.

He added: "That's why Celtic get invited to every testimonial and to the top tournaments, all these super cups and cups around the world for pre-season.

"Why? Because of the audience, the support base and the values of what Celtic stand for. All of that, all in together, it's a massive threat."

Vyom Chaudhary
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