first_imgJoey Barton has stoked the fires ahead of his move to Rangers by claiming Celtic captain Scott Brown is ‘nowhere near the level I am as a player’.The controversial midfielder will join Mark Warburton’s side on a two-year deal from July 1.Celtic fans have been quick to warn Barton that he will ‘put in his place’ by tough-tackling Brown in next season’s Old Firm derbies.But the 33-year-old insists the experienced Scotland star will not be able to touch him if he plays to his best.Speaking on a special edition of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Saturday, the one-cap England international said:  “People keep talking about Joey Barton and Scott Brown. He ain’t in my league. He is nowhere the level I am as a player. He can’t get to me.“If I play well, Scott Brown doesn’t stand a chance. That is not me being blasé.  That is me just stating what I believe.”Barton insists Brown won’t be the only player struggling to live with him next season.The former Manchester City, Marseille and Newcastle star is not under-estimating the challenge of Scottish football, but he has no doubts that he will be a success.He continued: “There are some good sides, some really good players there who are going to be ultra-competitive. I am expecting I have got to be at the best of my ability for Rangers to do what they need to do. I’m, trained, I am ready to go.“I have played against Scottish players south of the border. Every one of them gives you a game, every one of them is at it. I am expecting nothing less.“I have been a marked man for ten years – a lot of it by my own doing – and I am comfortable with it. I am comfortable with expectation, I’m comfortable with pressure, I’m comfortable with my mindset and focus I have in terms of turning in my own performances. If I get to that level, unfortunately for anybody up there they ain’t going to live with me.”last_img