Everyone is drooling over the prospect of Joey Barton playing in an Old Firm derby

Given it's a man moving from a team just promoted from the English Championship to a team just promoted from the Scottish Championship, it's hard to imagine a more eye-catching transfer than Joey Barton to Rangers.

The 33-year-old will officially join the club on July 1 after penning an initial two-year deal, having turned down the chance to stay at Burnley in the Premier League south of the border.

So one of football's most individual and controversial characters next season will be thrown into one of the sport's most combustible environments: the Old Firm derby.

Everyone is very much looking forward to that prospect.

In particular, fans are eyeing up a confrontation with one particular Celtic player.

And possibly because of that inevitable confrontation, people are eyeing up one of the surest bets of all time.

Meanwhile, Celtic fans are doing their best to spoil the Barton party over at Ibrox.

Their biggest weapon is this particular tweet.


For a more moderate perspective, this one is probably also worth paying attention to.

And he's certainly had positive things to say about Rangers more recently.

Whatever - we thing the first Old Firm derby of should be worth a watch next season.

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