By Emma Sanders
Celtic fans have reacted with amusement on Twitter after betting firm Paddy Power chewed Barton out on its Twitter page.
Barton claimed in the summer Scott Brown wasn’t in the same league as him, before the Celtic skipper played a big part in the 5-1 drubbing of Barton’s Rangers.
“People keep talking about Joey Barton and Scott Brown. He ain’t in my league. He is nowhere the level I am as a player. He can’t get to me,” said Barton, as reported by the Scottish Sun.
Barton’s contract was terminated by the Ibrox side on Thursday afternoon and Paddy Power couldn’t resist the opportunity to share the fact that Barton was literally no longer in the same league as Brown.
Scott Brown is now officially not in the same league as Joey Barton.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 10, 2016
Barton made the comment about Brown on Alan Brazil’s TalkSPORT show prior to the first Old Firm derby but it was the Rangers midfielder who was left looking red faced.
The 34 year-old has not played for the Gers since that humiliating defeat after he was suspended for two months following a training ground bust-up.
He is now out of contract and the hotly anticipated rivalry between Barton and Brown will not be seen again in the Old Firm derby but Celtic fans were amused by the joke on social media.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
— GordonStewart (@GordonStewart_) November 10, 2016
— Tom patersom (@PatersomTom) November 10, 2016
— Conall Lavery (@conall_lavery) November 10, 2016
@paddypower never was
— Allen (@AllenGC90) November 10, 2016
Joey Barton isn't in Scott Brown's league
— The Big Cup (@lisboninthesun) November 10, 2016
Scott brown must have scared joey Barton out of Scotland??
— David Stewart (@DavidStewart631) November 10, 2016
Joey Barton: "Scott Brown isn't in my league."
— Lore Klopp (@Tip_Klopp) November 10, 2016
Joey barton literally not in scott brown's league anymore …Claimed he'd run the spl but didn't even last till christmas ?
— David x (@David_Mcwfc) November 10, 2016
Joey Barton terminates contract at rangers. Getting bullied in the spl. Atleast now he can say Scott Brown isn't in his league ??
— Luke Elvidge (@lukeelvidge_7) November 10, 2016
There we have it, Joey Barton is finally out of Scott Brown's league
— Jack (@jackmcintyre67) November 10, 2016
In other Celtic news, fans react to Barton’s Rangers departure on Twitter.