Chris Sutton destroys Joey Barton on Twitter after rant at Celtic and Rangers
By Richard Parks
Chris Sutton took to Twitter to lay into Joey Barton after he ranted at the standard of Scottish football and claimed he has had a far better career than anyone in the Celtic team.
Former Hoops striker Sutton dismissed Barton’s boasts, insisting that the loudmouth midfield “simply couldn’t handle the big club pressure” during his short-lived spell at Rangers.
The BT Sport pundit also questioned whether the former Burnley, Manchester City and QPR player has had a better career than serial winners Scott Brown and Mikael Lustig.
You’ve got to love Joey..Good career but he was found wanting for Rangers and simply couldn’t handle the big club pressure so it was everyone else’s fault… So Scottish football is rubbish..And he’s had a better career than Lustig and Brown…mmm https://t.co/A2xJ88cGr9
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) March 19, 2018
Barton has taken several shots at the Scottish game despite looking completely out of his depth when he was at Ibrox.
“I had had a better career than anyone playing for Celtic at the time,” Barton said on talkSPORT’s breakfast show on Monday morning.
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“I had proved myself in the English Premier League but how many of their players had come down and done the same?
“I have a lot of respect for the history and traditions of Rangers and Celtic but the standard is pathetic up there.
“I left Scottish football because I couldn’t deal with the poor standards all around me and I came back to the Premier League and scored on my debut for Burnley.”
Football Insider verdict:
Sutton’s claim that serial winners Brown and Lustig have had superior careers is a fascinating one, and has strong evidence to substantiate it. Both players have been integral to the Hoops’ imminent seven-in-a-row league titles as well as the club’s total domination of domestic football in the last decade. They have also been mainstays for their national sides, albeit at a lower level than England, for whom Barton has only played once. Is Joey a better player because the majority of his career has been spent in the Premier League? No. He talks a great game, but was not as effective on the pitch as he likes to claim.
In other Rangers news, the club have been given a huge quadruple boost ahead of their SPL showdown against Celtic.