Tottenham's thrashing of Hearts reveals 'big gulf in class', says Harry Redknapp

19 August 2011 07:15
By Telegraph staff

8:15AM BST 19 Aug 2011


Goals from Rafael van der Vaart, Jermain Defoe and Jake Livermore inside the opening half hour of the play-off first leg were followed up by second-half strikes from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon in a comprehensive success.

A contest billed in some quarters as a 'Battle of Britain' between Scotland's third best side and England's fifth now appears to have ended before next week's return leg at White Hart Lane.

Redknapp was eager not to openly criticise Scottish football but admitted there was a clear difference between the teams' resources.

"I don't want to be disrespectful to Scottish football, but there is obviously a big gulf. It's plain for anybody to see," he said.

"It is a different level now, for sure - it's pretty obvious. Resources are completely different.

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