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.
“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.