Former Premiership full-back Lee Hodson has branded the Scottish Premiership League One standard. It is a bit of a disrespectful comment, given the fact he struggled for the majority of his time in Scotland.
The Northern Irishman had spells at Rangers, Kilmarnock and most recently St Mirren. He joins fellow former Buddies Matty Willock and Alfie Jones at Gillingham in League One.
Speaking to Kent Online, Hodson gave his verdict on the standard of Scottish football.
He said: “The standard in League 1 is just as good as the Scottish Premier League.
“There are massive clubs in League 1 nowadays, the likes of Sunderland, Portsmouth and teams like that, they have been in the Premier League, there are massive games, Bolton as well and that is what you want as a footballer, you want to be playing at these stadiums, going there and getting three points and being competitive.”
Hodson comments on Premiership provoke subjective debate
I mean, he could at least call the league by its right name. The Scottish Premiership isn’t the best league in the world, but overall, the standard is probably of a higher level than League One.
The two Glasgow sides would be in the Premier League whilst everyone else in the top six is Championship standard.
Motherwell and St Johnstone would be very comfortable in League One. The only teams who would probably struggle in League One are Hamilton, St Mirren, Ross County and Livingston.
League One had two former SPFL players as top scorers last season. Ex-Partick Thistle man Lyle Taylor and former Hibs flop James Collins were the two top goalscorers in the league. Neither of them exactly set the Premiership on fire.
The comments from Hodson are a bit unfair coming from him. He struggled at this level for the most part, only showing what he could potentially become with St Mirren over a few appearances.
It would suggest he is probably League Two standard by his estimations.
Scotland’s top flight doesn’t have to prove itself as a good league. The likes of Andy Robertson, Stuart Armstrong, Ryan Fraser, Craig Bryson and Steven Fletcher have all had success down south. They owe some of that to their testing Premiership experience.
Some English football fans talk ill of the Scottish Premiership. The reality is the likes of Gillingham would not thrive in the Premiership. As a collective, the Scottish top flight is Championship quality.