Sean Dyche explains how he feels about Joey Barton's Rangers switch

General view of Ibrox - Rangers

The 33-year-old was one of the first players that Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton brought to Ibrox this summer.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche before the matchBurnley manager Sean Dyche

Sean Dyche has insisted that he has no bad feeling towards Joey Barton after the midfielder traded Burnley for Rangers this summer, and has backed the 33-year-old to shine at Ibrox, the Evening Times reports.

Barton played a crucial role in inspiring the Clarets to the Championship title and promotion to the Premier League last season, but rather than stay and help them in their first season back in the top flight, the maverick decided to join Mark Warburton's newly-promoted Gers side.

Burnley's Joey BartonJoey Barton

But despite losing one of his key men ahead of what surely promises to be a tough campaign, Dyche has claimed that he hopes to see Barton do well for his new side. 

"To be honest, I was delighted for Joey before I thought about anything else," he told the Evening Times.

"He was excellent for us and we had a good relationship, a very open relationship. We worked fantastically well.

Burnley's Joey Barton

"It was his decision so there was absolutely no baggage to that whatsoever.

"He did a brilliant job for us, I hope he does a brilliant job for Rangers and I think he will. I wish him well and wish Rangers all the best."

Although Barton's form at Turf Moor confirmed that he still had something to offer at the highest level in England, his decision is arguably understandable. 

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the matchRangers manager Mark Warburton

Despite what Leicester achieved last season, Burnley will surely consider staying up a successful campaign, while Rangers will be hoping that they can put some serious pressure on Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

And with the Light Blues reaching the Scottish Cup final as a Championship side last season, it seems much more likely that Barton will have chances to compete for silverware at Rangers than it would have been had he stayed in England. 

And with his former manager giving his blessing to the move, Barton will arguably find it easier to focus on his new side as Dyche's comments bring a good amount of closure to that chapter of his career.

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