Celtic fans put things right for deluded Barton over his ‘retirement’

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Celtic fans were quick to put Joey Barton right as the former Burnley ace tried to ‘photo-shop’ the last stages of his career.

In the summer of 2016 the former Strangeways inmate signed a two year contract with the new Rangers club founded in 2012 by Charles Green.

During a summer of hype Barton was shouting the odds about what he was going to do with putting Scott Brown in his place one of the main promises.

All of his favourite media outlets bought into the story alongside the claim that he had signed at Ibrox as the Championship Player of the Year. Barton was the Burnley Player of the Year, without his overbearing presence Sean Dyche’s side survived for the first time in the EPL.

As Burnley went from strength to strength Barton’s career went down the plug-hole, ended on a sunny day in Glasgow’s east end as he got to share a pitch with Brown and ten fully motivated team-mates.

The ‘Championship Player of the Year’ didn’t get a look in, he left the pitch a broken ego. A few days later he engineered a bust up on the training ground and was never seen again in Scottish football.

Barton was hit by an 18 month playing ban by the FA for betting on football matches, in Scotland a similar offence brought a one match ban.

Barton is now managing Fleetwood Town, sitting in 12th place in League One with six wins, six draws and six defeats from their first 18 matches of the season.

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