Jamie O'Hara Claims 'Celtic And Rangers Would Struggle To Stay In The Premier League'
Jamie O'Hara clearly doesn't rate the Scottish Premiership, and this may not impress fans north of the border.
The former Tottenham man made some big claims about Scottish football on Thursday, using a spot on Talksport to lay into the quality of play.
After praising Steven Gerrard's management at Rangers, O'Hara said that Celtic and their Old Firm rivals would struggle to stay in the Premier League against the likes of West Brom, Brighton, and Newcastle.
He even thinks that struggling Fulham could win the Scottish Premiership, pointing to his time with Moussa Dembele at Craven Cottage.
O'Hara played alongside the striker in the Championship for Fulham, where Dembele scored 15 goals in 43 appearances in the 2015/16 season. He then moved to Celtic, where he scored 17 goals in just 29 games during his first season.
:thumbsdown: "#CelticFC and #RangersFC would struggle to stay in the PL."- talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 7, 2021
:pound: "If they got in the PL & stayed up, they'd be top 6 with investment."
:flushed: "I do think Fulham would go & win the Scottish Premiership!"
Jamie O'Hara still doesn't rate the standard in the Scottish Premiership :flag_black: pic.twitter.com/7lzoxwXuvx
According to O'Hara, this shows that Scottish football is of a lower standard, and isn't to do with the fact that Dembele was 19-years-old at the start of the 15-goal Championship season and merely improved as most young players do at that age.
Fans were definitely mixed their reactions...
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The way this season is going up until now i would fancy rangers to finish well above , burnley. Sheff utd , west brom and fulham, who are in bottom 3. Rangers and celtic are well capable of doing first year syndrome in the epl like sheff utd last year.- Kevin Fotheringham (@kev110389) January 7, 2021
As much as Jamie gets on my nerves he is correct, Scottish football is a joke, I would say the top 5 teams in the championship would get into to SPL & challenge for the title. Rangers & Celtic would struggle to avoid relegation in the PL with their squads.- Rob.jackson1168 (@RobJackson1168) January 7, 2021
Only Liverpool and Manchester Utd are bigger clubs than Rangers and celtic. Give us the same money and we'd be top 4 easy. O'hara is a nonentity trying to stay relevant, a failure of a player that couldn't cut it in any league. Billericay town is his level- Deek (@DeekMc1980) January 7, 2021
Bang on. I'd bet most of Scottish footie fans outside of the old firm would beleive the same if they were being honest.. the Old Firm believe they could compete, they would struggle in the English Championship, Scottish football demise begun in the 90"s and been downhill since.- Derek Snedden (@DerekSnedden) January 7, 2021
They'd struggle in the championship never mind the premiership, when the champions of the league are putting this out as the starting line up for the biggest game of the season it screams farmers league pic.twitter.com/2zjOpY5jbk- Andy (@andyandyandy91) January 7, 2021
Rangers atm going out and beating teams in europe and haven't lost a match. Player decent football abs work as a team. This rangers team is better than Sheffield, baggies and Fulham. Plus they'd have the 100 millions come in and would pull in more fans abs neutrals than most- chris roberts (@chris_roberts96) January 7, 2021
O'Hara began his declarations after praising Gerrard's excellent record at Ibrox. They are currently undefeated and 19 points clear at the top of the table after 22 matches, although Celtic do have three games in hand.
Particularly impressively, Rangers have only conceded five goals in those 22 fixtures, compared to Celtic's 15 in 19.
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