Neil McCann hails Joey Barton's performance for Rangers

Joey Barton applauds fans as he is substituted

Joey Barton made his league debut as Rangers drew with Hamilton Academical.

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

Former player Neil McCann has hailed Joey Barton’s performance in Rangers 1-1 draw with Hamilton, speaking to Sky Sports.

The Gers kicked off their Scottish Premiership campaign on Saturday as they hosted Hamilton at Ibrox.

It proved to be a frustrating afternoon for them as they needed a goal from Martyn Waghorn to secure a point following Ali Crawford’s superb opener.

Rangers manager Mark WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton

 

Barton was making his league debut in the game, and put in an all-action performance that demonstrated why Rangers manager Mark Warburton has taken him to Ibrox. Barton signed after a short stint at Burnley.

McCann was impressed by what he saw, saying that Barton enjoyed an excellent game.

“I though Joey Barton had an excellent game,” he told Sky Sports.

“He grew into the match and was crucial in Rangers equaliser. I don’t think he’s up to full speed just yet, but Rangers need this type of player with drive and aggression. He dictated the play.”

Rangers' manager Mark WarburtonRangers' manager Mark Warburton

Barton will now be hoping that he can build on this strong start to his Rangers career and help the club challenge for the title this season.

In a senior career that has spanned 14 years, the opinionated midfielder has, despite his reputation for irascibility,
always been able to quickly become a fans favourite because of his work-rate, passion and determination to succeed.

Joey Barton applauds fans as he is substitutedJoey Barton applauds fans as he is substituted

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