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Celtic and Rangers fans react on Twitter to Joey Barton's comments

Burnley's Joey Barton celebrates promotion

Ibrox side Rangers will meet Celtic for several Old Firm games next season, and Joey Barton has made them a lot more interesting.

Burnley's Joey Barton gestures to fans before the parade

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.

Celtic's Scott Brown and Patrick Roberts in action with Rangers' Jason Holt

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.

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