Neil Warnock has said that Scottish rivals Celtic and Rangers would be among the top six clubs if they competed in England.
Celtic have often come up against English sides in European competitions. In the 2016/17 season, Manchester City failed to overcome Brendan Rodgers’ men in their two Group C meetings in the Champions League.
Further back, Celtic also shocked Manchester United when they progressed to the knockout stage of the competition for the first time ever in 2006.
However, there remains question marks over how well the side could compete in the English Premier League.
Neil Lennon’s side have been crowned Scottish champions nine years in-a-row but many argue that their dominance is due to a lack of competition in the country.
However, Middlesborough manager Neil Warnock has come to the defence of both Celtic and Rangers. He believes that if they were given a similar budget to English clubs, the Scottish sides would thrive.
“If you put Celtic and Rangers down in England, you’re talking about the top six. Those two clubs, if they got the money that the English clubs have coming in, they would spend it”, he said on the BBC’s Scottish Football Podcast.
“They’d spend it on good players and they would then compete.
“I look at Celtic and Rangers – I don’t think about Man City or Liverpool, I think they’re way ahead – but I think the rest below that. Man United, Chelsea, I think Rangers and Celtic would more than cope with that.
“The money that the Premier League [clubs] get, it wouldn’t take long (for Celtic and Rangers to compete) – within 18 months, two years.”