Rangers icon Mark Walters has named Celtic flop John Barnes as the best player he ever played with in his glittering career, having played together at Liverpool after Walters’ Ibrox departure.

Barnes was regarded as one of the best players of his era in England before trying his hand at management with hilarious consequences over at Celtic Park.

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 23: Rangers winger Mark Walters pictured before the 1988 Skol Cup Final between Rangers and Aberdeen on October 23, 1988, Walters made over 100 appearances for the Scottish club.

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Despite his time across the city, Walters insists there’s no doubt over who was the best player he played alongside as he picked out his former Anfield team-mate.

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“I have to say John Barnes,” Walters told Football Daft podcast.


“I know he was Celtic manager for a period of time but, he was, without doubt, the best player I played with.”

Barnes’ time at Celtic will live long in infamy, culminating in the historic Scottish Cup defeat by Inverness CT as his reign alongside Kenny Dalglish ended in catastrophe.


MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 31: John Barnes shows off his (table) football skills at the Hotels.com Champions Retreat ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final on May 31, 2019 in Madrid, Spain.

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Walters meanwhile remains hugely popular with Rangers fans after a trophy-laden spell at Ibrox.

After signing from Aston Villa on the last day of 1987, Walters would go on to lift three league titles and two League Cups before heading to Anfield in the summer of 1991, where he would team up with Barnes.

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