Kenny Miller jokes he's absolutely bored of Joey Barton's banter

Burnley's Joey Barton celebrates promotion

Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers are set to renew hostilities with Celtic next term, and Kenny Miller is bored of Joey Barton's efforts to stoke the fires.

Burnley's Joey Barton celebrates promotion to the premier league

Speaking to Rangers official YouTube page, striker Kenny Miller has said that he is "absolutely bored" of Joey Barton's verbal sparring with Celtic counterparts.

The 33-year-old joined Rangers on a free transfer from Burnley this summer after helping the Clarets win promotion into the Premier League.

Burnley's Joey Barton acknowledges the crowd after the final whistle

The outspoken midfielder has wasted no time in making himself an enemy of Rangers' Old Firm rivals Celtic; first by claiming that Hoops legend Scott Brown is a league below him as a player, before taking a swipe at the fact Bhoys boss Brendan Rodgers has won nothing in his managerial career thus far.

Asked what Miller - who spent a year at Celtic previously - made of his new team-mate's recent comments, the 36-year-old said he was growing tired of it, but admitted it's all in the name of harmless fun as the new season approaches.

Andy Halliday celebrates with Kenny Miller after scoring the second goal for Rangers

"Bored of it. Absolutely bored of it," he said with a smile on Rangers YouTube channel.

"It's all turn of cheek. It's all good for our game that there's a spotlight on it [the Old Firm rivalry] again. It's been definitely missed over the last three or four years.

"It's been good banter so far and obviously going into the new season it does bring attention to our game."

Rangers' Kenny Miller looks dejected

Barton is one of six new faces arriving at Ibrox this summer - along with Jordan Rossiter, Clint Hill, Matt Crooks, Josh Windass and Niko Kranjcar, who signed today.

And Miller is hopeful that Rangers, who cruised to Scottish Championship promotion last season en route to winning the title, can challenge Celtic next term.

Miller added: "That's the question. I think, with the squad we had last year, we were in a good place. With the right additions, in the right positions, then I always said we'd have the opportunity to challenge this year."

Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew in action with Rangers' Kenny Miller

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