Former Celtic boss John Barnes has given his thoughts on four current first team players that he believes are Premier League quality.
Celtic currently sit nine points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership and having gained experience in the Champions League this season, the former Liverpool star believes there are some real exceptional talents within the squad.
However, he reckons that none of the clubs in the top-six would consider a move for any of the players at Parkhead.
The most recent link to one of England’s top sides has been fullback Josip Juranovic who featured for Croatia in the World Cup semi final, many Hoops fans would reject his opinion as he was linked to a move to the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea and isn’t even mentioned within the four names.
“Players like Jota, Kyogo Furuhashi, Reo Hatate and Daizen Maeda are good enough to play in the Premier League but I don’t think they’d join the top six teams. We have seen Scottish League players go to good mid-table Premier League teams. But to say if they’re going to the top teams? No, it won’t happen,” said Barnes speaking to [BonusCodeBets].
Controversially he also believes that if the chance should arise, Ange Postecoglou should take up the job at West Ham United who currently sit 19th place in the Premier League.
“If Ange Postecoglou wants to manage in a high-profile league like Steven Gerrard did, then he should take the West Ham job. It’s not a question of a stepping-down, but of his ambitions.
“It’s easier to win the league with Celtic than it is to keep Southampton from relegation. Going to West Ham would be a step down in terms of the size of the club because Celtic is massive, but the Premier League would be a step up.”
Postecoglou has been very clear that he is happy with his life in Glasgow and isn’t looking at jobs elsewhere even though the media like to link him to jobs in England.
Many would again challenge Barnes’ perspective as Gerrard currently remains unemployed while his former coach hot tailed it back to Glasgow.
Barnes can’t see a way back for Celtic’s closest challengers in the title race and think that the league is all but over.
“I can’t see Celtic losing many matches which will make it very tough for Rangers to catch up. A nine-point gap between Arsenal and Man City is much more bridgeable than a nine-point gap between Celtic and Rangers.
“Arsenal can lose to teams in Premier League because of they have quality in their teams, it’s not the same in Scotland.”