Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers issues response to mocking Joey Barton comments
By Tom Blackburn
Brendan Rodgers says he has paid no notice to comments made by Rangers midfielder Joey Barton.
Barton mocked Rodgers on Wednesday, claiming his manicured look is part of a mid-life crisis.
“I’ve not managed to run into him [in Glasgow] yet,” Barton told talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show. “The places he goes and the places I go probably differ, y’know, with the tan and the teeth and all that.
“They’re not the kind of establishments I rock up at, I’m not having a mid-life crisis.”
However, Rodgers has taken no notice of the jibe, calling it an irrelevant part of modern football.
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“It is irrelevant to me,” said Rodgers, as quoted by The Mail. “In modern football there is lots of noise, lots of things that are said, it is something that doesn’t bother me.
“My focus is purely on football and doing the very best I possibly can for my club and that’s all I will ever concentrate on.
“I don’t think it’s a topic, it might be for you media guys but it is nothing to me. I just get on with my work, focus on my job and do the very best for my club.”
Rodgers was talking ahead of the club’s trip to St. Johnstone on Saturday, where he is expected to make three changes to the Celtic lineup.
The Hoops are currently vying for their seventh straight Scottish Premiership title, after winning the league again last season.
They face renewed competition with Rangers back in the top-flight, and the Ibrox club have made their desire to instantly compete at the top clear.
Rangers face Celtic in September in the league for the first time in four years, with many looking to the battle between Barton and The Hoops captain Scott Brown in the middle of the park as a key match-up.
Celtic are also bidding to reach the Champions League group stages, and got off to a great start in the final qualifying round as they beat Hapoel 5-2 at Parkhead on Wednesday evening.
Meanwhile, Rangers have had a mixed start to the Scottish Premiership season, being held 1-1 by Hamilton in their season opener before a Kenny Miller strike saw them beat Dundee United 2-1 on Saturday.
In other Celtic news, a club legend retires from international duty and commits future to the Hoops.