Joey Barton: Scottish Football is unique

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Listen to my full interview with Joey Barton here

I have to say this, Scottish football is not as good as what people in Scotland think it is. But it’s also not as bad as what people in England think it is.

Lyon’s Moussa Dembele shone in the SPFL. Credit: Ailura, CC BY-SA 3.0 AT

There’s a lot of qualities about it. It’s a tough place to play. The standard is definitely different from the Premier League and Championship in England, even the most ardent Scottish football fan would accept. But there’s still a uniqueness about.

It’s not an easy league to win, although the dominance of your Celtics and Rangers financially makes it very difficult for your Aberdeens, Hearts, Hibs and Kilmarnock to break into that top echelon.


Aberdeen’s best shot at that under Derek McInnes was when Rangers were out the top flight. They made it competitive for Celtic but they didn’t quite do it and it became a bit monotonous.

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