BRENDAN RODGERS has endorsed chief executive Peter Lawwell’s claim that Celtic could be the biggest club in Britain.
The Hoops boss will lead the Parkhead side against Manchester City at the Etihad tonight in their final Champions League Group C encounter.

The financial gulf between the clubs is massive, but Rodgers believes that wealth is all that separates them and the Scottish champions could bridge that gap if ever granted access to the riches on offer south of the border.unspecified-26

He said: “It’s a huge club, but what Celtic doesn’t have is the finances.

“Just look at the numbers. Celtic are the third-highest average attendance in Britain this season behind Manchester United and Arsenal. That says everything about the power and the size of Celtic.

“The support base is worldwide and every player who comes to play at Celtic Park – the Lionel Messis, everybody, talk about the cauldron and the atmosphere.

“If you bring that and have that base at the club and instead of getting £2million in TV money, you get £100million, plus the other revenues you will generate, you are in a different ball game altogether because of the players you could attract, the worldwide viewing figures, everything.

“That’s probably what Peter was talking about. He wasn’t talking about right now, but what could happen potentially if Celtic was ever in the Premier League.

”Our players would improve playing better players. The players go in and face challenges every week playing against top-class opposition.

“I have absolutely no doubt we would be in the Premier League and competing well.

“Celtic Park would be a huge advantage for us. I think about the first season in the Premier League with Swansea, with a stadium of 22,000 people, and we finished eleventh.

“The team was talked about all over Europe in terms of the style of football.

“Put Celtic into that competition with 60,000 people every other week and the attraction to players and other things that come with it would make us competitive.

“Where we would finish I don’t know, but the potential of Celtic in the Premier League would be incredible.”

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