Rodgers discusses Celtic ‘taking over’ PL stadiums

Date published: Friday 22nd September 2017 10:00

Brendan Rodgers has spoken openly about what it would mean for Celtic to be permitted to play in the Premier League and the likelihood of it happening.

In an interview to be aired on Soccer AM on Saturday, Rodgers was asked about the Scottish champions being allowed to play in England’s to flight and he admitted it would “amazing”, but conceded the chances of it happening are remote.

“Celtic in the Premier League would be an amazing story,” said Rodgers. “It would be an amazing experience for everyone, not just for Celtic but for other teams.

“I just don’t think it would ever happen. There are so many barriers to go over. Celtic are one of the great iconic clubs in the world.

“If they were in the Premier League, what that would generate… we played, for example, Ross County at the weekend, we got 58,000-odd thousand.

“Around 60,000 every home game. You could take over virtually every away stadium when you go away, the travelling support will bring 10 or 12,000.

“It’s the pure scale of the club, if you’re talking big clubs, history, supporters, all of that. What it doesn’t have is finance. It doesn’t have the money that the Premier League generates.”

There has been talk of Celtic and Rangers being allowed to play in the Premier League for years and SPFL chief Neil Doncaster said in the summer that UEFA are willing to back the notion, Rodgers though, who guided the Hoops to the treble last term, is sceptical.

“I think there are just so many processes it would have to go through. I think there’s more of a chance of it being in a European league, than Celtic being in the pyramid system down south,” he added.

“One thing I’d say with England is that every team will believe that they can be a top flight team – Brentfords, Huddersfields – lots of clubs in England have that vision, that ambition to do that.

“So I think it would be very, very tough for a Celtic and a Rangers to be in there. It would be absolutely amazing, and then you would see the true, real size of a club like Celtic.”

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