Barton's past tweets might come back to haunt him.
It was reported by Sky Sports earlier today that Barton had been at Murray Park today to discuss a potential switch to Ibrox.
So with a potential move to Rangers on the cards, what has Barton said in the past about playing at Rangers’ fierce Old Firm rivals Celtic.
In August last year Barton was still a free agent after his release from QPR and he was asked on Twitter whether he would be interested in a move to Celtic.
To which he responded:
Would love to one day. Maybe when the Old Firm is back it would appeal more. Always wanted to attend/play in one. https://t.co/6S9ILQi3HM— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) August 5, 2015
Of course that response was not exactly a ringing endorsement to a move to Celtic, rather of his wish to play in the Old Firm derby – something he could certainly do with Rangers next term.
However, the Rangers target did send out this Tweet in 2014 prior to featuring in a charity match at Celtic Park for a Rio Ferdinand All-Star team:
So perhaps, given the choice, Celtic would be his preferred option between the Old Firm pair, as this Tweet from 2012 would seem to suggest:
Barton has had a brilliant campaign with Burnley, being voted the club’s Player of the Year and in the Championship Team of the Year.
His contract however expires this summer and he is clearly keeping his options open with his visit to Rangers today.