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Brendan Rodgers dismisses Joey Barton's jibes as 'noise'

Brendan Rodgers has put the jibes of Joey Barton down to "the noise" of modern-day football which he will ignore to concentrate on managing Celtic.

The Rangers midfielder had previously said Celtic captain Scott Brown was "not in his league" and in a radio interview earlier in the 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."

Gers boss Mark Warburton described Barton's comments as "tongue-in-cheek banter" but ahead of the trip to Perth to face St Johnstone in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Saturday, the former Liverpool boss 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."

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game with teammate Kieran Tierney during the UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off, first leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PA
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game with teammate Kieran Tierney during the UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off, first leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PA
Celtic's Scott Brown celebrates scoring his side's fifth goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off, first leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire
Celtic's Scott Sinclair (right) has a shot on goal ahead of Hapoel Be'er Sheva goalkeeper David Goresh (right) during the UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off, first leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game with teammate Kieran Tierney during the UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off, first leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PA
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game with teammate Scott Brown during the UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off, first leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire
Celtic's Tom Rogic (right) celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off, first leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off, first leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire
A fan wears a Palestinian flag outside the stadium before the UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off, first leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire
Celtic's Tom Rogic (right) celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off, first leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire
Celtic fans outside the stadium before the UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off, first leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire
A Celtic mural during the UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off, first leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire
Celtic Fans celebrate manager Brendan Rodgers during the UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off, first leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire
File photo dated 23-07-2016 of Celtic's Leigh Griffiths PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday August 17, 2016. Leigh Griffiths insists Celtic have learned their lesson from previous Champions League heartbreaks. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read Jane Barlow/PA Wire.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off, first leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

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