Joey Barton’s biographer Michael Calvin has savaged Rangers’ stars, claiming they are “not as good as they think” and would probably be a top six League One team in England.
Barton had a tumultuous spell in Scottish football which lasted a little over four months before returning to England with his tail between his legs after failing to live up to his online boasts.
The former Man City and QPR midfielder had claimed on social media that the other players in Scottish football wouldn’t be able to come close to him but the veteran struggled to make any impact whatsoever for the Gers.
Calvin believes the problem for Rangers players is a “self-satisfied” culture within the Ibrox dressing room and claimed Barton found a similar issue.
“If I look at Rangers now, I see a team which would struggle at the bottom end of the English Championship or be in the top six of League One,” Calvin said on the Fitba Hacks podcast, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“The problem with it is, there’s seems to be a self-satisfied culture there – this is what Joey I think found – where you have players who are lionised in the city, they play in front of 50,000 every week.
“Actually, they’re not as good as they think they are and perceive themselves to be.
“So I think that got through to Joey. Frankly, he then blew the whole thing up.
“It was an interesting experience.”
Barton was suspended by the Light Blues after an argument with manager Mark Warburton and midfielder Andy Halliday following a 5-1 Old Firm humiliation.
After missing several months of action, the club and Barton agreed to terminate the player’s contract and he quickly re-signed for previous club Burnley.
Soon after returning to Burnley, Barton was banned from football for 18 months after breaching FA rules on betting.
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