Former Celtic striker and current pundit John Hartson has told The Scottish Sun that he thinks Rangers fans have been overreacting to the signing of Joey Barton this week.
Barton, 33, helped Burnley win promotion to the Premier League this past season, and despite having the chance to stay at Turf Moor, he's decided that Ibrox is the place for him.
The former Manchester City, Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers man chose to pen a two-year contract with Rangers earlier this week, representing a huge coup for manager Mark Warburton.
Rangers fans are understandably excited to have landed Barton, but John Hartson - a former Celtic striker and current pundit - suggests that Ibrox supporters have gone over the top this week.
Ex-Burnley star Joey Barton
Hartson has told The Scottish Sun that he doesn't think Celtic captain Scott Brown will be worried about facing off against Barton next season, claiming that Rangers fans have overreacted to Barton's arrival.
The Welshman added that Rangers should remember that Barton isn't a top-class football who has arrived from Bayern Munich, and is 33 not 23, suggesting that Rangers fans need to tone down their excitement.
"I can’t see Scott Brown shaking at the prospect of the next Old Firm game," said Hartson. "Listen, he’s not a bad player, Joey. And he’s a lad I like having done a few radio appearances with him down the years. But I can’t help think that even he will have been staggered by the over-reaction to him signing for Rangers."
"It’s not like he’s a top-class player who is coming to Scottish football from Spain, Italy or Germany. The way Rangers fans have been going on you’d think he was. But Joey is 33, not 23, and his last club was Burnley, not Bayern Munich," he added.
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