CELTIC skipper Scott Brown has slammed English critics who snipe at the quality level in the Premiership.
The 31-year-old all-action midfielder said: “For people to slaughter Scottish football, obviously they haven’t been here in the last season and come up and watched games.
“Going away to Kilmarnock, for example. It’s always hard when people are defending, but they do what they need to do to put points on the board, as do teams down the road like Bournemouth.
“It’s a little bit disrespectful coming from people who don’t even know anything about Scottish football.
“I wouldn’t say the other Scottish Premiership teams have declined; I’d say it’s more us improving.
“I’m sure if we got the £90million that everyone in the English Premier League got, we’d keep improving every year – and so would every SPFL team. But it’s not to be.”
Brown, who cost Gordon Strachan £4.4million when he arrived from Hibs in the summer of 2007, added: “I think this Celtic team could be as good as any team coming through here since I played.
“We’re fit, we’re strong, we’ve got talented players and we’ve got a great manager, as well.
“I think if we can hold everyone together for another season or two, we can give it a real good push and see where we can go.
“Anyone can take it for granted – and winning trophies here comes as second nature – but you need to make sure you continue that because one of these days it’s going to stop and you’re going to retire.
“You need to make sure you remember these because it’s fantastic times.