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Brendan Rodgers cites ‘ignorance’ of Scottish football

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Brendan Rodgers believes those that criticise the Scottish Premiership do so mostly from a position of ignorance.

The former Liverpool boss took charge of Celtic last summer and has yet to lose a game domestically.

The Hoops have won 26 of their 27 top-flight games, are 27 points clear of second-placed Aberdeen and require just seven more points to win the title for the sixth year in a row.

It has led to questions over the challenge Celtic are facing week in, week out but Rodgers has defended Scotland’s top flight. “It’s ignorance really,” he said.

“The footballing world is more than the (English) Premier League.” Rodgers highlighted the financial constraints that teams in Scotland must survive under, while he says the league does not have the same mass media exposure as its counterpart in England.

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The Northern Irishman remains a big fan England’s top tier, but he feels people down south pay very little attention to Scottish football, whilst still being willing to criticise it.

“We all love to see the Premier League and I was part of it but football is global and Celtic is one of the biggest clubs in the world,” he added.

“But if your eyes are only on one league then of course you tend to ignore what’s around that.”

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton backed his manager’s theory up and suggested the plight of one or two high-profile players at Rangers this season showed it is not as easy as Celtic are making it look.

“I think you can see that players who have played in the Premier League like Joey Barton or Niko Kranjcar that came to Scotland and thought it was going to be easy,” said the Israeli.

“But no, it’s not easy. It’s a very competitive league, it’s a very difficult league, it’s very tough.”

Celtic are 8.00 to beat St Mirren 4-0 in Sunday’s Scottish Cup quarter-final in Glasgow.

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