Quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times, former Celtic defender Mark Wilson has admitted that he admires Rangers midfielder Joey Barton.
The 33-year-old, who joined Rangers on a free transfer this summer, has not kicked a ball for the Gers as of yet but he has wasted no time in turning Celtic fans against him.
On the weekend, Barton suggested that Hoops skipper Scott Brown was not in the same league as him as far as individual talent goes, before taunting Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers over the fact that he is yet to win anything significant in football.
The barbs will have undoubtedly turned the Bhoys fanbase against him, if they weren't already following his decision to join Rangers in the first place.
Nevertheless, Wilson, who spent six years at Parkhead, admits he has always liked the outspoken former Newcastle United midfielder, whom he says is simply trying to mix things up a bit ahead of what promises to be a frenetic season.
"I had a wee chuckle about that when I read Joey's comments. He is obviously trying his best to mix things up," he said via the Glasgow Evening Times.
"He's a top-quality player and I've always admired him but to be fair so is Scott Brown.
"Scott has been at the top of the game, especially up here, for so many years."
Barton, who signed a two-year deal, will be 34 by the time the new Scottish Premiership season kicks off, but his experience, talent and personality will surely be huge for Rangers next term.