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‘NOT ONE CELTIC PLAYER’ WOULD GET INTO RODGERS’ LEICESTER TEAM, CLAIMS PUNDIT

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BIGMOUTH Robbie Savage reckons no Celtic stars, including Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor, would get a game for Brendan Rodgers’ starting line-up at Leicester City.

The 44-year-old former Welsh international midfielder has earned a reputation for being controversial and often has verbal jousts with Hoops hero Chris Sutton.

And Savage was involved in a lively discussion on BBC Live Sport, when he admitted there was no-one in Neil Lennon’s eight-in-a-row champions squad who would merit a place in the King Power outfit.

He believes Rodgers’ side, who hammered 10-man Newcastle 5-0 yesterday to go third in the Premier League, are a much better side.

Savage said: “In 1967 Celtic won the European Cup. Magnificent.

“But we’ll never know how Celtic would do in the Premier League.

“Globally, Celtic are the bigger club, I would say that. Fan base, probably bigger around the world.

“But, in terms of the current sides, not one Celtic player would get into the Leicester starting eleven the way they’re playing.

“We’ll never know how good Celtic would be in the Premier League because of the finances.

“If they had the TV money and years to build, with their fan base, crowds they get and the history of the club, they’d be a Premier League club eventually, of course they would.

“But at the minute, Leicester, for me, are the better side.”

Savage’s comments are bound to bristle with the Hoops support, especially when their former manager was linked with a last-gasp transfer move for Scotland international playmaker McGregor on the English transfer deadline day.

And Rodgers is also a known admirer of 21-year-old Norwegian defender Krstoffer Ajer.

Before Kieran Tierney’s £25million exit for Arsenal last month, the Foxes gaffer had also been mentioned as eyeing up a swoop for the left-back.

But Savage still insisted no-one in the current squad would get the nod to get a starting place with the Midlands outfit.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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