'Pathetic' - Joey Barton explains why he left Rangers in rant about Scottish football
Rangers flop Joey Barton has continued his rants about Scottish football and claimed the standard is “pathetic” – 18 months after he left Ibrox.
Barton has taken several shots at the Scottish game despite looking completely out of his depth for the Light Blues during his brief stay at Ibrox.
The big-mouthed midfielder – currently banned from playing football anywhere after repeated breaches of betting rules on both sides of the border – says he has a “lot of respect” for Rangers and Celtic’s history and claimed he left Scottish football due to the “poor standards.”
“I had proved myself in the English Premier League but how many of their players had come down and done the same?” Barton said on talkSPORT’s breakfast show on Monday morning.
“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.”
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Barton joined Rangers from Burnley in July 2016 but was suspended by the club in September before his contract was terminated two months later.
After leaving the Gers, Barton re-joined Burnley before falling foul of FA’s betting rules and being banned from any participation in football for 13 months.
Football Insider verdict:
Barton either has a short memory or is that full of his own garbage he’s forgotten the very public bust-up he had with Mark Warburton. After being suspended by the club – and then putting in a number of sicknotes – the Poundland philosopher had is contract terminated after an ongoing disciplinary dispute. While Barton may claim the “poor standards” were the reason he left but anyone, like yours truly, who had the ‘privilege’ of watching Barton in a Rangers jersey will be quick to point out the midfielder’s standards were hardly high. Just go back and watch any game he played for the Gers.