Alex McLeish jokingly critical of Joey Barton's shooting v Hamilton

Joey Barton applauds fans as he is substituted

The former Rangers boss was not impressed with one area of Mark Warburton's marquee recruit's game at Ibrox this weekend.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesPicture Supplied by Action Images

Rangers certainly caught the eye this summer when Mark Warburton convinced Joey Barton to turn his back on another crack at the Premier League with Burnley to join him at Ibrox for 2016-17.

So far he has impressed the Ibrox faithful and he looked good again during the 1-1 draw with Hamilton in Rangers’ Scottish Premiership opener at the weekend.

Rangers' Joey BartonRangers' Joey Barton

His passing and tackling were exemplary, but there was one area of the Rangers midfielder’s game that was well off – according to one former Ibrox boss that is.

Alex McLeish, who spent five years as Rangers manager and won seven major honours during his time at Ibrox, had this to say about Barton’s performance on Sky Sports News HQ today (09/08/16):

“I feel there’s more to come from Joey.

“It (Barton’s passing) is great but Joey, you’re shooting was murder pal. His shooting was off he had a couple of balls that went off into the highest end of the stand.

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

“(Rangers fans) they love that (tackling) and it gets the crowd going of course – the agricultural side of football.”

Barton’s shooting was certainly not on par with his excellent range of passing during Rangers’ opener.

The former Manchester City and QPR midfielder has certainly not had a reputation for scoring regularly throughout his career. In the past four seasons he has managed just eight goals, and 36 in 410 appearances in his career overall.

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

But Rangers fans will be expecting their talismanic midfielder to find the net more regularly in the Scottish Premiership – with most likely to be hoping for an improvement on his three goals for Burnley last season.

Hopefully Barton can find his shooting boots the next time he is in action for Rangers.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch