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Joey Barton claims he has more of an allegiance towards Celtic, than Rangers

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Joey Barton claims he has more of an allegiance towards Celtic, than Rangers

Joey Barton has told the Football CFB Podcast that has more of an allegiance towards Celtic despite joining Rangers in the summer of 2016 – where he lasted for just eight appearances in all competitions.

Barton, now a manager in charge of third-tier English side Fleetwood Town, joined Rangers on a free transfer from Burnley in the summer of 2016. However, a number of incidents saw Barton leave the Scottish side in November.

It was the tail-end of Barton’s career, as a gambling suspension saw him return to Burnley only to play for the English club for half a season. Certainly, Barton went from Burnley’s Player of the Season to struggling at Rangers.

 

Asked about previous rumours with Celtic and if he ever came close to a move to Parkhead, Barton stated that he had more of an allegiance with Celtic during his early years – and even got Celtic kits for Christmas.

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“Being an Englishman, it is Celtic or Rangers. Me being from Liverpool and a huge Irish community, we were put in Celtic kits. If there was any allegiance, I would lean more towards Celtic,” Barton said.

The one-time England international’s short spell in Rangers has been ridiculed since he left the club, playing in a 5-1 defeat to Celtic, leaving after a gambling suspension and his pre-season claim that he would be the best player in Scottish football.

Barton has since impressed as manager of Fleetwood, since taking over in the summer of 2018. He has since won 40 out of his 98 matches as boss, and certainly has a future in the world of management.

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