‘WE’D BE A THREAT NORTH OF BORDER’
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