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21st May, 2017 | 3:47pm

Joey Barton hits back at Sutton after he criticises Rangers

By Amir Mir

Joey Barton has hit back at Chris Sutton, who was criticising Rangers’ “poor” season after they “thought they were going to win the league” at the start of the campaign.

Burnley midfielder Barton, who left Ibrox in December, defended his former side and reminded Sutton that they were spending lesser on wages than their rivals Celtic.

He also felt that the Gers had to be ambitious at the start of the season, but in a frosty manner told Sutton that “you know so much about Scottish football”.

Barton moved to Glasgow last summer on a free transfer but he had his contract terminated within months of his arrival.

Speaking on BT Sports’ official Periscope account, both Sutton and Barton exchanged words when talking about the Gers season.

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“They had a poor season thought they were going to win the league,” Sutton told BT Sports. “They had big banners up at the start of the season.”

Barton then responded by saying “But, they were spending £39million lesser wages,” to which Sutton asked, “Why the big banners then?”

“They are an ambitious football club,” Barton responded.

“Were they ever going to challenge Celtic,” Sutton asked.

“Well, you were in a better position to answer it because you know so much about Scottish football,” Barton responded in a frosty manner. “[But], no [Rangers squad not strong enough].”

During his time at Rangers, Barton only played five Premiership matches, with his last appearance coming during the 5-1 thumping at the hands of Celtic in September.

Brendan Rodgers side went on to win the title in record fashion, recording a remarkable 106 points during the season and going unbeaten in the league.

The Bhoys finished 39 points ahead of their neighbours, who had to settle for third following their promotion under Mark Warburton last summer.

Pedro Caixinha, who replaced Warburton at Ibrox in March, guided his side to a win on the last day of the season when they picked up a 2-1 win at St Johnstone.

Striker Kenny Miller and versatile attacker Jon Toral were the goalscorers on the day as they also finished nine points behind second-placed Aberdeen.

In other Rangers news, fans label their midfielder a coward following his performance against St Johnstone. 

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