Former Burnley star Joey Barton
Rangers' new signing Joey Barton has been quoted by The Scottish Sun as saying that Brendan Rodgers must do something he has never done at Celtic - win a title.
With Rangers promoted back to the top flight of Scottish football, the Old Firm rivalry with Celtic has been kickstarted again, with the two teams seemingly trying to one-up each other.
Whilst Rangers landed a coup with the signing of Jordan Rossiter from Liverpool, Celtic asserted their dominance by appointing Brendan Rodgers as their new manager just a week later.
However, Rangers then secured the signing of midfielder Joey Barton, in what is the biggest coup of Mark Warburton's time as Gers manager.
With Rodgers and Barton on board, it promises to be a huge season in Scotland - and now, Barton has stoked the Old Firm fire by sharing his feeling on Rodgers and his appointment at Celtic.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Barton suggested that Rodgers must do something he has never done in his managerial career - win the league title.
Rodgers did win promotion to the Premier League with Swansea City in 2011, but has yet to win a league title having fallen short with Liverpool in 2014.
Barton did suggest that Rodgers is a great appointment for Celtic, but that the pressure is all on the Bhoys, as finishing second would be a failure for Rodgers - whereas finishing second would be progress and a success for Rangers and Warburton.
"You expect Celtic to improve, they’ve brought Brendan in and that will be a huge outlay for them. You expect them to go and kick on," said Barton. "The only thing you have to quantify that with is — and I’m not trying to stir the pot here, I’m being realistic — Brendan has never won a trophy, he’s never won anything. He’s going to have to do stuff up there he hasn’t done before."
"He’s a great manager and a great appointment which will be good for Scottish football but second for Celtic next year is nothing. I’m just explaining how I see it. If Celtic finish second next season then that’s a bad season for them. If Rangers go into the league and finish second, not that we want to by the way, but that will be seen as progress."
"The pressure is all on Celtic, every bit of pressure is on them. They have to win the league, they have to get to the group stages of the Champions League. We don’t have the same external pressure, internally that’s where we’re trying to get to. But I’m not going to Rangers to finish second, I’m not going there to play second fiddle to anyone."
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