£22.5m Southampton duo Wanyama and Forster prove ex-boss wrong with Celtic comments

Harry Redknapp

Southampton duo Victor Wanyama and Fraser Forster, previously of Celtic, show Harry Redknapp should be more confident regarding SPL stars.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp was closely linked with the England manager's job previously, and has been weighing in with his opinion on the Three Lions' next opponents.

England face rivals Scotland up next, and Redknapp believes Scottish football is still viewed as an uncertainty for managers in the English Premier League when it comes to signing players.

He told the Scottish Herald: "It's like the Championship players: you ask whether they could do it in the Premier League when they've been in the Championship. There's a big gap, that's why the three sides at the bottom of the Premier League were the sides who came up last season.

"It's tough, it's a big step. It's always a gamble when a player moves from Scotland to go to the Premier League. Since Rangers went out of the top league it's been difficult. Coming up here to look at Scottish players isn't so easy as the competition isn't so great."

Redknapp would be wise however to look at his former club Southampton, to see how they have successfully spent big on two SPL stars and improved the side.

Over the past two summers they have spent a combined £22.5 million on Celtic's Victor Wanyama and Fraser Forster, which sounds huge, yet it is proving a cost effective sum.

Forster has been an upgrade in goal, and is making a strong case for an England international starting spot, conceding only five goals in 11 Premier League matches this season, giving Southampton the meanest defence in the Premier League.

Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama is also showing to be the powerhouse midfielder he was touted as, and has forged an effective partnership with Morgan Schneiderlin in the side.

Redknapp's QPR may not have been in a position to sign either, both players hold their own and show what managers who turn their nose up at the SPL, have been missing.

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