BRENDAN RODGERS has dismissed remarks from Joey Barton as “the noise” of modern-day football and he said he will ignore them to concentrate on managing Celtic.

The Ibrox midfielder had previously said Hoops skipper Scott Brown was “not in his league” and, in a radio interview earlier this week, accused Rodgers of having “a mid-life crisis”, saying: “I know the places he goes and the places I go probably differ with the tan and the teeth and that kind of thing.”

His manager Mark Warburton described Barton’s comments as “tongue-in-cheek banter”.

Ahead of tomorrow’s game against St Johnstone in Perth, Rodgers said: “It is irrelevant to me. In modern football there is lots of noise, lots of things that are said, it is something that doesn’t bother me.

“My focus is purely on football and doing the very best I possibly can for my club and that’s all I will ever concentrate on.

“I don’t think it’s a topic, it might be for you media guys, but it is nothing to me.

“I just get on with my work, focus on my job and do the very best for my club.”

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