JOEY BARTON is 8-1 favourite with McBookie.com to pick up the first card in the Celtic v Rangers match on Saturday. He is followed in the betting by Andy Halliday and Scott Brown on 10-1.
The Scouse midfielder is 6-5 to be booked on his Old Firm debut.
Paul Petrie, McBookie.com spokesman, said: “Barton has done a lot of talking since coming to Scotland and it will be fascinating to see how he copes in the cauldron of a Celtic v Rangers game.”
Celtic have been backed from 4-5 to 8-13 for the game despite doubts over the fitness of top scorer Leigh Griffiths. The draw pays 10-3 and Rangers are 9-2.
First Card – selected prices
8-1 Barton, 10-1 Halliday, Brown, 12-1 Wilson, Senderos, 14-1 Hill, 16-1 Lustig, 20-1 Toure.