How Would an SPL All-Star Team Fare in England?

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How Would an SPL All-Star Team Fare in England?
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The SPL has always had to put up with living in the shadow of its more illustrious neighbour from down south.

While the Premiership has gained in notoriety and grown exponentially as a global power, football in Scotland has faced financial crisis after financial crisis, and time and time again the league has seen its best players move to England in order to further their careers.

We've heard countless times English managers and pundits deriding the standard of football in Scotland, but worse still, so many fans of football up here are just as quick to criticise our game, whether it's through embarrassment, disappointment or simply because they've been blinded by the bright lights of the English Premier League.

Regardless, the question has always been raised: How would a team made up of the best players in the SPL fare if they were to compete in England's top flight?

Would the difference in class show, or would there be a surprise or two in store for those English pundits who are so dismissive about a league they know next to nothing about?

It's fantasy football, but with national pride at stake.

(In picking the team itself, it was difficult not just to go with Celtic players. They're by far the best side, they've proven in the Champions League that they're capable of competing with the very best in Europe, and so, for the sake of fairness, I've decided to completely eschew any ideas of equality—players will be judged on merit, and only the very best will make it into the side.)

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