Rangers boss Mark Warburton's recent new recruit at Ibrox has denied quotes attributed to him in 2012.
Burnley's Joey Barton gestures to fans before the parade
Maverick midfielder Joey Barton recently signed a two-year-deal at Rangers. The move to Glasgow came as something of a shock, especially considering he had just played a starring role in Burnley’s promotion to the Premier League.
It also had many talking about the Ibrox recruit’s apparent allegiance to Old Firm rivals Celtic.
Many tweets were dredged up from the past where Barton appeared to show a soft spot for the Bhoys.
Burnley's Joey Barton
However, another quote has been doing the rounds this week, which appear to suggest Barton was heavily critical of Scottish football as a whole back in 2012.
But the quote has been discredited by many and now Barton himself has made it clear that he never said those words. The Rangers newbie wrote on his official Twitter account:
Life must be so very sad and lonely, if you decide to waste precious time inventing falsities about others. Find something/someone to love.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) May 28, 2016
So it seems Rangers’ newest signing never said these quotes. The midfielder, who does appear on talkSPORT now, was clearly not in their good books four years ago.
Rangers boss Mark Warburton will no doubt be hoping that Barton can lead in the Rangers midfield.
Prior to his Ibrox switch he had an excellent season with Burnley at Turf Moor, winning the club’s Player of the Year award as they were promoted to the top flight.