Five crazy quotes from Joey Barton before getting hammered by Celtic
With the Joey Barton saga taking fresh turns on a weekly basis, some of the more conspiracy minded Celtic fans are beginning to believe in ‘Agent JB.’
The summer marquee signing has turned into an absolute disaster since the last of the season ticket sales were collected, with the hangover threatening to last another 18 months.
While Mark Warburton preaches about respect at every opportunity it was noticeable that his new manager was absent when Barton put pen to paper and started a one way war of words with Celtic.
The former Burnley midfielder generally knows what he is doing. On the park or off he is prone to kick-off but when it comes to contracts and scheduled media appearances, he knows precisely what he is saying and what his message is.
Having a high profile mouthpiece firing off about about all things Celtic is exactly what the Ibrox hierarchy needed to shift season tickets, while Warburton rumbled around in the bargain basement to put together a title winning squad.
Respect was off the menu as Barton let rip, either through scheduled media interviews or through his regular appearances on talkSPORT.
With no domestic action to cover, Barton’s claims were happily passed on by the media as they built up anticipation for the ‘return of the Old Firm’.
Whether Warburton was cringing in the background is unknown, as HR experts and employment lawyers pour over the details the claims of Barton look more and more outrageous.
Fittingly, it seems certain that his final appearance in a Rangers shirt was in the 5-1 humiliation at Celtic Park.
The Hoops did their talking on the pitch with the Ibrox club left to pick up the pieces in a saga that shows little sign of ending…