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League One is better than the SPL: Josh

By Steven Beacom

Northern Ireland star Josh Magennis has claimed the standard of football in League One with his new club Charlton is of a higher quality than the Scottish Premiership, where he was previously playing with Kilmarnock.

The striker's comments come with excitement building in Scotland ahead of Saturday's Old Firm derby between Celtic and Rangers at Parkhead.

Magennis, who came off the bench in Northern Ireland's 0-0 World Cup qualifying draw with the Czech Republic at the weekend, moved to Charlton in the summer and is relishing playing in the third tier in England.

"It was an important move for me because not only am I playing at a better standard but the players I'm playing with are high quality, especially in my own team," said Magennis.

"Celtic are obviously the top team in the Scottish Premiership, Rangers are there now, Aberdeen have earned the right to challenge, Hearts are there while St Johnstone are hard to beat, but I think the overall standard of League One is higher.

"It's a lot more physical but you also have the technical side. It's one of the reasons why I left Kilmarnock - I want to push on with my career."

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