Rangers fans react on Twitter to Joey Barton's performance v Hamilton

Joey Barton applauds fans as he is substituted

Mark Warburton's Glasgow Rangers drew 1-1 with Hamilton at Ibrox on Saturday.

Joey Barton applauds fans as he is substituted

Rangers marked their much-anticipated Scottish Premiership return with a lukewarm start as Mark Warburton's side were held to a 1-1 draw by Hamilton on Saturday.

It was a sold-out Ibrox yesterday as over 50,000 fans turned up expecting to see a new-look Gers side announce their return to the top flight in style after a four-year absence.

But the visitors did not read the script as Alistair Crawford fired Hamilton ahead on the half-hour mark in what was enough to give Accies a 1-0 half-time lead.

Rangers' Clint Hill and Joey Barton look dejected after Burnley's second goal

Rangers came back stronger in the second half and Martyn Waghorn netted the equaliser on 62 minutes as Warburton's troops threw themselves a lifeline.

It was not enough to win all three points, but there were a few positives in the form of some individual performances - especially that of Rangers new boy Joey Barton.

Rangers made a big statement by luring the 33-year-old to Ibrox this summer, and if his Premiership debut is anything to go by then the no-nonsense midfielder might well be a very big player for Warburton this season - and the fans know it.

Rangers' Joey Barton in action with Burnley's Dean Marney

Rangers' manager Mark WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton

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