Joey Barton has had his latest shot at Scottish football after the Rangers dud claimed the standard of Scottish football was “pathetic” and cited it as the reason he left Ibrox months after joining the Gers.
Barton arrived at Ibrox to much fanfare in 2016 before skulking out the back door months later after being suspended by the club before being signed off sick then having his contract ripped up made the comments on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Talksport.
Since leaving Rangers in November 2016, Barton has regularly taken shots at the Scottish game and must be hoping nobody remembers quite how much of a spectacular failure the opinionated midfielder was at Ibrox.
After coming to Scotland and telling the world how he was going to stroll it, the former Burnley midfielder was made to look distinctly average against footballing behemoths such as Hamilton, Partick Thistle and Ross County as he huffed and puffed but contributed very little.
Then there was his Old Firm debut.
Anyone that had listened to Barton talk beforehand would have expected Barton to score a hat-trick while single-handedly dominating the proceeding.
Instead, he was utterly woeful and looked like a deer caught in headlights as the game completely passed him by as Rangers fell to a 5-1 defeat.
Barton may have been a good player in the English Championship – and even looked good in the Premier League at times – but his constant digs at Scottish football when his own performances were nothing short of embarrassing and come across as being childish and bitter after quickly leaving with his tail between his legs.