Rangers new boy Joey Barton hits out on Twitter at rival fans

Burnley's Joey Barton gestures to fans before the parade

Rangers new boy Joey Barton hits out at rivals fans, but after his recent comments about Celtic, what did he expect?

Burnley's Joey BartonBurnley's Joey Barton

Rangers new boy Joey Barton has hit out on Twitter at rival fans being 'obsessed' with him.

Barton is not shy in coming forward with an opinion, and has been particularly outspoken since moving to Ibrox on a free transfer this summer from Burnley.

In recent days Barton has hit out at Celtic skipper Scott Brown, telling TalkSPORT he is not in his league, and also criticised Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, for failing to win trophies with Liverpool, The Mail reported.

Celtic's Scott Brown speaks to referee Bobby MaddenCeltic's Scott Brown speaks to referee Bobby Madden

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented to the fans after the press conferenceNew Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented to the fans after the press conference

It is unsurprising that Barton's comments have caused a backlash, and evidently feeling this a little, he used Twitter to condemn those subsequently taking shots at him.

Barton's comments may be designed to put the pressure on Celtic next season, with Rangers returning to the top flight, but it could backfire by motivating them even further to win a sixth consecutive title.

If Barton keeps quiet then what he calls 'obsession' with him - others may simply say criticism of him - may subside, but that isn't really his style.

Burnley's Joey Barton gestures to fans before the paradeBurnley's Joey Barton gestures to fans before the parade

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