By Harvey Byrne

Joey Barton has claimed that Celtic tried to sign him just days before he penned a two-year deal at Rangers.

The claims come at a time when the 34-year-old could do without the added publicity following a bust-up in training with team-mate Andy Halliday, resulting in a three-week suspension for the former England international.

However, his time in Scotland could have been different had he moved to fierce Glasgow rivals Celtic after the midfielder shared their interest in him.

The outspoken midfielder has a book due to be published on Thursday and in that book he reveals that just the day before he was due to travel to Glasgow to conclude negotiations with Rangers he took a call from an agent, who had been contacted by Celtic’s chief executive, Peter Lawwell.

“The message he conveyed was straight and to the point. “Is there anything we can do together? Can we have a conversation?” wrote Barton, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

“I sent word back, thanking him for his interest but confirming my intentions.”

The reported Barton and Halliday feud came after Rangers lost 5-1 against Brendan Rodgers’ side.

The fiery midfielder has also had confrontations off the pitch with Celtic captain Scott Brown.

Barton’s time at Ibrox may be coming to an end early following his latest confrontation, but following his time in Glasgow it has become clear that he would not be welcomed at Celtic by the club’s support now.

In other Rangers team news, Fans are unimpressed with Barton on Twitter after the Rangers star was given a three-week suspension.