Former Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has accused BBC Scotland journalist Tom English of being a “puppet” and mockingly referred to him as “Celtic Tom” in a bizarre Twitter outburst.
Barton had previously been claiming that only people who have played a sport at a high level are qualified to comment before English commented that the former England international should perhaps have watched some Scottish football before his disastrous spell with Rangers.
The ex-Newcastle midfielder joined Rangers last summer before negotiating a settlement to end his contract by November 2016 following a club suspension.
Barton rejoined Burnley before being banned by The FA for breaching rules on betting.
The midfielder launched his jibe at English on Monday morning before asking whether Brendan Rodgers or Celtic’s largest shareholder Dermot Desmond had paid him to comment,
“Ah ‘Celtic Tom’ I wondered when you’d come crawl back out from under that rock,” Barton said on his personal Twitter account.
“Who paid you to say that? Dermot? Brendan?
Maybe you should have watched some Scottish football before you came up here, Joseph.
— Tom English (@BBCTomEnglish) December 4, 2017
Ah ‘Celtic Tom’ I wondered when you’d come crawl back out from under that rock.
— Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) December 4, 2017
Barton was suspended by Rangers after a disagreement with then-manager Mark Warburton following a 5-1 Old Firm humiliation by Celtic.
The controversial player joined Rangers after helping Burnley win promotion to the Premier League and winning the club’s Player of the Year award.
The former Manchester City and Newcastle midfielder had previously claimed that he would be the best player in Scotland and that Celtic’s players weren’t in the same class as him before returning to Burnley with his tail between his legs.