Former Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has professed ignorance over this weekend’s Old Firm clash, professing that he “didn’t even know there was a game on,” whilst co-presenting on live radio.
Celtic put three past Rangers in the Scottish Premiership duel at Ibrox, as the two sides put on a frenetic display for the masses, that Celtic won 3-2.
He also compared the clash to “Sunday League” football in the exchange with Brazil.
And Barton added, on the talkSPORT radio show (broadcast on Monday, 6am) alongside Alan Brazil, that there were other games on Sunday he preferred to watch – such as Arsenal v Watford.
It was perhaps unsurprising that he took the opportunity to make the sleight towards the tie, due to the circumstances surrounding the ex-midfielder’s exit from the Light Blues in 2016 following a fall-out with then Rangers manager Mark Warburton.
Football Insider verdict:
It’s very unlikely that the outspoken former footballer had no idea that Rangers and Celtic were playing, and his statement only served to show that there are still feelings of bitterness towards his former employer’s given previous relations between himself and the Ibrox club. It was the first time in many years that the Old Firm had drawn real interest outside of Scotland given the Gers recent revival under Graeme Murty and was a thrilling affair. Goals, a red card, two teams giving their all – what more could any football fan wish for?
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