George McCluskey believes the majority of the current Celtic team would no longer be deemed good enough if the club ever did move to the Barclays Premier League.
The former Hoops striker echoed the views of chief executive Peter Lawwell when he claimed that a switch south of the border is the way ahead for the Old Firm. But, as far as McCluskey is concerned, the opposition is not all that would have to change.
"I think there would only be a few in the team just now who could go and compete in the English league," he said.
Lawwell reignited the debate earlier this week when he reiterated his desire to see Celtic and Rangers quit Scottish football and benefit from the finances enjoyed by clubs in England.
And the Glasgow giants must look after their own interests, according to McCluskey.
"It's probably years down the line and we would have to get the big clubs in England to buy into it as well," he added.
"Maybe some of the smaller clubs down there won't be happy if they get edged out.
"But I think it's the way ahead for our football club. It wouldn't be great for the rest of Scottish football but Rangers and Celtic have to look after themselves, don't they?"
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