TalkSPORT pundit and former footballer Jamie O’Hara has claimed that Rangers would be relegated from the Premier League if they played in the English top flight.
This is a debate that is often brought up when discussing the quality between Scottish and English football with the prospect of both the Gers and Celtic dropping into the Premier League a mere fantasy.
This hasn’t stopped pundits, including former Spurs man O’Hara, from claiming that if this did happen, the Scottish Champions elect would fail to stay in the Premier League.
💷 “If they got in the PL & stayed up, they’d be top 6 with investment.”
😳 “I do think Fulham would go & win the Scottish Premiership!”
Jamie O’Hara still doesn’t rate the standard in the Scottish Premiership 🏴 pic.twitter.com/7lzoxwXuvx
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 7, 2021
Speaking on TalkSPORT, O’Hara said, “Would they [Rangers and Celtic] survive over the course of the season?
“Are they better than Sheffield United, West Brom and Fulham? I don’t know.
“If you look at the teams just out outside [the relegation zone], Brighton, Newcastle. I think they’d beat them [Rangers and Celtic]. I think Fulham would win the league in Scotland.”
This is a simply ludicrous claim from O’Hara and it would suggest that he hasn’t been keeping a very close eye on Steven Gerrard’s side this season.
The Gers have only lost once this term and they started their league campaign off with a record-breaking seven straight clean sheets.
This is all before even looking at Rangers’ European record this season.
The Light Blues are still unbeaten and finished top of a Europa League group that contained Benfica as the Gers managed two draws against the Portuguese giants.
Sheffield United have two points to their name in the Premier League this season.
Does O’Hara really think that Gerrard’s side would go half a season in the English top-flight without picking up a win?
It is this kind of ignorance that annoys fans of Scottish football clubs on a regular basis.
You could claim that the Scottish Premiership isn’t very competitive this year as Rangers as running away with the league.
But you can’t seriously claim that Rangers would struggle against Scott Parker’s Fulham or even Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United.
These are poor sides and Rangers are a team that has played Galatasaray, Standard Liege and Benfica in Europe this season without losing.
There is no doubt in any Rangers fan’s mind that their club is easily better than a Sheffield United side that are still yet to win in the league this season.
This isn’t to say that Rangers would be challenging at the top of the Premier League if this hypothetical situation ever occurred.
But, to suggest that the Gers would be in a relegation battle in this season’s Premier League is simply ludicrous and it proves the ignorance that so many below the border have for our football clubs.
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