Date: 8th December 2016 at 7:44am
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Joey Barton has blamed the Scottish media for his spectacular downfall at Ibrox!

The summer marquee signing was brought in to front up the #goingfor55 campaign to put Celtic in their place.

At every opportunity the former Strangeways Prison inmate talked down the five times champions to shift season tickets and encourage the deluded and gullible.

All the hype in the world imploded on the football pitch when Barton’s side were hammered 5-1 at Celtic Park with the ageing midfielder barely getting a look in.

Scott Brown, who Barton had trash talked, bossed the entire 90 minutes as Celtic turned on the style to expose the limitations of Mark Warburton’s summer signings.

It was the last time that Barton pulled on a 32Red jersey as a suspension on full pay was followed by his pay off.

It’s a great football club, it’s somewhere if they get it right it is a phenomenal place, it’s completely unique,” he told BBC 5 Live. “(But) the media were quite critical of me when I was up there.

“That’s the nature of the industry when you’re Joey Barton and you go and play for Rangers who are a massive club in Scotland.

“You’re going to get criticism if you don’t play fantastically well and I didn’t play fantastically well there, albeit I only lasted eight games.

“The difficulty for me lay in the fact that before I went up there they kind of built me into this Neymar, Messi kind of player, which I wasn’t.

“I’m a player that’s never been blessed with an enormous amount of talent, speed, tricks. I’m somebody who has always served the higher purpose in terms of the team, always done well when that’s been at the fore. I’ve never done particularly well when the onus has been on me to go on and create and do things.”

Barton is someone who has never won a club honour, been relegated twice, played for 12 minutes in an international friendly and spent 67 days as an inmate of Strangeways Prison.

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