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Why Scott Brown v Joey Barton will be the Old Firm’s most brutal battle

Lee Gormley | September 8, 2016

Scott Brown v Joey Barton bets for Old Firm

Since former Newcastle United and Manchester City enforcer Joey Barton arrived at Rangers on a free transfer this past summer, the controversial midfielder has been involved in a war of words with Celtic captain Scott Brown.

The pair will put the talking to rest this Saturday afternoon, though, following a verbal back and forth for many weeks, as Celtic and Rangers prepare to do battle in the first Scottish Premiership Old Firm derby since 2012.

Rangers are back in the big time after securing three promotions in four seasons, having been relegated to Scotland’s fourth tier at the end of the 2011/12 campaign due to the club’s liquidation, and will be aiming to seal their return in style.

At Parkhead, Brendan Rodgers will also attempt to make a winning start in his maiden derby as Bhoys boss, while both sides are currently separated by just a single point after three games, though much of the focus will fall upon the individual match-up between Brown and Barton.

Fireworks expected as Celtic host Gers

This fixture has produced a huge amount of dismissals throughout the years, with the two Glasgow giants having met over 400 times in their history, and a promising 5/1 with Coral is available for either Brown or Barton to be shown a red card this weekend.

The most likely recipients of cards on derby day are set to be both Brown and Barton, as they will end their earlier verbal exchanges when finally colliding on Saturday afternoon, with fireworks expected when the pair come face-to-face.

Their ongoing feud is set to make an interesting subplot this weekend from the first whistle, with Brown taking to home soil at 20/1 to be dismissed anytime, while Gers anchorman Barton is 10/1 to face an early exit.

“He’s not even in my league…”

Upon his arrival at Ibrox, Barton was swift in fuelling tensions between himself and Hoops skipper Brown, claiming that the recently retired Scotland international is not at his level, stating: “People keep talking about Scott Brown v Joey Barton. He’s not even in my league. He’s nowhere near the level of player I am.”

“He can’t get near me. If I play well, Brown doesn’t stand a chance.”

The former Burnley midfielder also hit out at new Bhoys boss Rodgers, stoking the fire ahead of derby day.

Cards can be expected on derby day as part of our Scott Brown v Joey Barton bets.

Cards can be expected on derby day as part of our Scott Brown v Joey Barton bets.

“I’ve not managed to run into him (Rodgers) yet. I know the places he goes and the places I go probably differ with the tan and the teeth and that kind of thing,” declared Barton. “They’re not the kind of establishments I rock up at. I’m not having a mid-life crisis.”

Brown hit back accordingly at his imminent opponent, though. “I’ve not been in his league, he’s in my league,” joked former Scotland skipper Brown, who is 8/1 to be the first player to be shown a card in the derby. “I think we’ll get on really well, him being a Celtic fan, so I think we’ll get on great.”

The Hoops midfielder’s jives were regarding an old comment from Barton, with the 34-year-old having previously admitted he was a Celtic fan, though the latter player was quick to reply insults by tweeting a boyhood photo of Brown wearing a Rangers shirt.

“I know who I would have on my team…”

Going into their personal derby duel, Brown has so far received six red cards in his long-standing career, while Barton leads the way with nine dismissals in total, though their respective tallies could increase come Saturday.

Scottish utility player Charlie Mulgrew spent several seasons alongside Brown at Parkhead before recently departing for Blackburn Rovers after his contract in Glasgow ended, and he is backing his former teammate to come out on top in his individual encounter.

“I know who I would have on my team, put it that way,” stated Mulgrew. “Joey Barton has shown that he is a good player with the level he has played at but I know Scott and I know that he is a top professional.”

With such friction already built up between Brown and Barton ahead of the latest Old Firm derby at Parkhead, promising odds of 5/2 can also be had on both players receiving a card anytime during proceedings, as Celtic and Rangers prepare for what could the most brutal battle yet.

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