Joey Barton insists he’s never really bought into the Brendan Rodgers brand.
The Rangers midfielder is making more headlines this week with the release of his new book, No Nonsense, yesterday.
He’s already been a big talking point after being banished from training for a week as punishment for a training ground incident and he’s now at the beginning of a three-week suspension following that.
But Barton’s never going to stay quiet – regardless of how much Rangers and their fans may want him to.
He’s already explained why he wore a Celtic kit as a youngster in the book and took to Twitter yesterday to confirm that he intends to play plenty more matches for Rangers, despite the speculation on his future.
And there’s another interesting line to come out of his autobiography, as he gives his short view on Rodgers.
Barton admits that he’s never really bought into the Celtic manager’s brand, but does believe his presence in Scottish football is a good thing for the reputation of the game.
Barton wrote in his book: “As much as some may not wish to admit it, the Old Firm clubs are vital to one another.
“I have never really bought into the Brendan Rodgers brand, but his installation as Celtic manager is a good thing for Scottish football.
“Standards will rise, since the strength of your adversary forces you to examine every option to be at your best.
“Make no mistake – I intend to win the Premiership.”
With Celtic currently top of the Premiership table, four points ahead of fifth-placed Rangers with a game in hand, those comments look like they could come back to haunt Barton.
He’s already had a little dig at Rodgers since arriving at Ibrox – speaking on radio about how he doesn’t frequent the same places in Glasgow as the Celtic manager as he’s not going through a mid-life crisis.
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