Former Celtic defender Mark Wilson has challenged Rangers midfielder Joey Barton to back up his words with action on the pitch when the new Gers signing makes his debut in the Scottish Premiership.
The 32 year old, who is now retired and taking up coaching, told the Glasgow Evening Times, that some English players who have moved to play north of the border have found the standard of football harder than expected, and he has warned Barton not to be complacent about the standard he will face in the Old Firm derbies next season and the ability of Celtic captain Scott Brown:
“He’s a quality player and I would say he can back it up but how many guys have we seen come up from England and think they can walk this league? But I played with loads at Celtic who thought it would be a walk in the park and they didn’t make an impact and hardly get played. Barton is slightly different – I think he’ll back it up. But there’s no chance he’s in a different league from Scott Brown.”
Barton previously made comments on talkSPORT rating himself above Celtic captain Scott Brown and making derogatory comments about new Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers’ managerial ability, questioning why he was so highly rated despite not winning a trophy as a manager.
No doubt Rodgers and Brown will be highly motivated when they face Barton in the Old Firm derbies next season.