‘WE’D BE A THREAT NORTH OF BOR­DER’

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By An­drew Law­ton

OX­FORD UNITED may have jumped up into midtable in League One, but winger Marvin John­son is adamant they would be top dogs north of the bor­der.

He spent 18 months at Mother­well be­fore his dead­line day move to the Kas­sam Sta­dium, so he knows what it takes to suc­ceed in Scot­land.

And, given the sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the way Michael Ap­ple­ton’s squad and Scot­land’s top sides play the game, John­son is con­fi­dent the U’s would chal­lenge for honours in the Scot­tish Premier­ship.

“You’ve got Celtic, Ab­erdeen, Hearts and, ar­guably, Rangers now,” said John­son, 25, who was play­ing Non-League foot­ball just two years ago. “They’d be no lower than the top six.

“Like ev­ery­one else, the only games we’d re­ally strug­gle with would be Celtic. We’d be strong con­tenders.

“The top teams in Scot­land like to play, keep pos­ses­sion and cre­ate chances. You have to de­fend dif­fer­ently and they will cut you open if you don’t.

“We’re the same. We have boys who want to keep the ball and open teams up rather than lump the ball over the top ev­ery sin­gle time.

“It’s eas­ier to be in a foot­balling side where you’re not con­stantly chas­ing the ball.”

OPIN­ION: Marvin John­son

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