Mark Warburton secured Barton for Glasgow Rangers last month and he has already fired up a rivalry with the Celtic man.
Burnley's Joey Barton celebrates promotion to the premier league
Barton is a new signing at Rangers, having agreed to make the move to Ibrox from Championship winners Burnley this summer.
His arrival at the club has been met with huge optimism from the Gers fan base, with many believing he is a major coup for the Scottish Premier League.
He will play a key role as Rangers make their return to the top flight and look to challenge Celtic for their crown.
Some have eagerly anticipated that he will clash with Celtic captain Scott Brown when the two sides meet in the next Old Firm derby, but Barton has shrugged that off, saying that the Hoops star is not even in the same league as himself.
“People keep talking about Joey Barton and Scott Brown, he isn’t in my league” he told talkSPORT.
“He’s nowhere near my level as a player and he can’t get to me. If I play well then Scott Brown doesn’t stand a chance. It’s not going to be Joey Barton vs Scott Brown.”
Celtic's Scott Brown speaks to referee Bobby Madden
The latest comments from Barton are only likely to ramp up the interest in the SPFL ahead of next season.
Rangers seem intent on challenging Celtic to stop their dominance in recent years, while the likes of Aberdeen will also be keen to compete.
Barton is likely to play a huge part on Mark Warburton’s side’s hopes, and he will be keen to prove his comments about Scott Brown are not wide of the mark.