Rangers midfielder Joey Barton
Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has admitted to the club’s official website that Hamilton Academical could have won against his side at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon.
Rangers played out a 1-1 draw with Hamilton at the Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow in the Scottish Premiership.
The visiting team took the lead on the half-hour mark through Ali Crawford, and Martyn Waghorn equalised for Mark Warburton’s side just past the hour mark.
Former Newcastle United midfielder Barton, who joined Rangers in the summer transfer window after leaving Burnley at the end of last season, featured in the match.
The 33-year-old former Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers man started the game and played for the entire 90 minutes.
Barton has admitted that Hamilton could have picked up all three points from the encounter.
Rangers' Clint Hill and Joey Barton look dejected
“It was tough, Hamilton came here and acquitted themselves really well,” Barton told Rangers’ official website. “They scored a great goal on the counter-attack and they came for a result and we have to give them a lot of credit. They executed their game plan quite well.”
“I think that for large periods of the game we showed glimpses of what we can do,” added the former Newcastle man.
“We are a team who are relatively newly assembled, there’s some new parts who have come into that and we’ll grow into that over the season.
“It could have been a smash and grab and Hamilton could have won that game today, so we’ve showed a lot of character.”
Over the course of the 90 minutes at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon, hosts Rangers had 63% of the possession, took 20 shots of which just four were on target, and earned 10 corners.
Visitors Hamilton had 37% of the possession, took nine shots of which two were on target, and earned four corners.
Rangers manager Mark Warburton