The Celtic caretaker boss has drawn scorn from the blue half of Glasgow ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Cup clash by insisting the Hoops remain top dogs.
But now Barisic and boss Steven Gerrard have bitten back, with the Croatia international even dubbing Kennedy’s words disrespectful to the newly crowned Ibrox champions, who remain unbeaten on league duty with just four games remaining.
“I didn’t hear the comments but I read the interview beforehand and I think that is the biggest joke I heard this year,” said Barisic.
“They didn’t win against us in three games and we are 20 points in front of them, so it is disrespectful a little bit to us. That’s my comment on that.
“You need to be in life always realistic. If someone is better and if someone is 20 points in front of you, you just don’t talk like that.
“It is disrespectful for all the things we do this season.
“It is not only from him (Kennedy). I know a lot of people talking about Celtic’s situation with Covid and all of these things.
“It’s like we’ve lost five games or we are just five points in front of them.
“We are 20 points clear in front of them, we didn’t lose a game this year. It is disrespectful to talk about anyone and changes. I am talking about this season. That’s it.”