Queens Park Rangers defender Clint Hill makes his feelings about Joey Barton known

Queens Park Rangers are set to host Burnley on Saturday.

Clint Hill has told Queens Park Rangers’ official website that he hopes Joey Barton gets a good reception when he returns to Loftus Road on Saturday.

Barton spent four years at QPR between 2011 and 2015, but he did not sign a new contract at the end of last season.

The central midfielder went on to sign for Burnley in the summer, and the Clarets are QPR’s opponents at the weekend.

Barton looks likely to start for Sean Dyche’s side in the fixture, and Hill still speaks very highly of his old teammate’s ability.

"Joey is coming back and I hope he gets a good reception, because I feel he deserves it,” he said.

"No matter what happened in his time here, he always gave 100 per-cent and I think a lot of the fans ended up taking to him.

"Hopefully they'll give him a nice round of applause before the game – and then boo the hell out of him when the first whistle goes!”

Whether Barton will get a good reception remains to be seen, but the 33-year-old may be grateful that the focus has been taken off him, due to QPR’s appointment of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

The Dutchman will be taking charge of his first match as QPR manager on Saturday, and he will be eager to get off to a good start.

QPR go into the match with Burnley having won their last match against Reading, and another win would put them firmly among the play-off chasing pack.

Burnley, meanwhile, lost to Preston North End in their latest outing, and they will be keen to get back to winning ways, to ensure they do not lose any further ground on the automatic-promotion spots.

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