Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has not kicked a ball in Scottish football yet and he has already managed to rile Celtic fans.
The 33-year-old, who joined Rangers on a free transfer last month after helping Burnley win Premier League promotion this past season, made headlines on Saturday after claiming that Celtic captain Scott Brown was nowhere near his level (Sky Sports).
Signing Barton - who has played for Manchester City, Newcastle United and QPR - is a major coup for Rangers manager Mark Warburton and his words have already made both sets of supporters, as well as neutrals, relish the first Old Firm derby next season.
The prospect of the one-time England international coming up against the tough-tackling Brown - who has won 10 major trophies and 50 Scotland caps - in a fixture as hostile as this was already a mouth-watering vision, but suffice to say the public interest has been stepped up a notch.
Predictably, Rangers fans loved what their big-name signing had to say, whereas those on the green half of Glasgow, well, didn't seem to take as kindly.
@STVSport bottled the premier league. Forfeits the right to have an opinion on anyone— kieran. (@_kieranp) June 11, 2016
@Record_Sport They should put their caps and medals on the table.— Fraser Elgin (@Fraser1874) June 11, 2016
@Record_Sport remind me of how many times Barton has played in the champions league?— Commissar Aidankhov (@AIDAN_CELTIC) June 11, 2016
@STVSport This upcoming season is going to be explosive, can't wait.— Gary Hunter (@GaryHunter3) June 11, 2016
@scotsunsport best player in Scotland by a distance— snooker loopy (@snookerloopyno1) June 11, 2016
The Gers, who won Scottish Premiership promotion this past season, beat Celtic on penalties in April to reach the Scottish Cup final - a game in which Rangers twice went ahead.