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MacAnthony loves Rangers man Joey Barton

Joey Barton applauds fans as he is substituted

Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton took Joey Barton to Ibrox this summer.

Joey Barton applauds fans as he is substituted

Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has admitted to The Scottish Sun that he loves Rangers midfielder Joey Barton.

The 33-year-old joined Rangers on a free transfer this summer after helping Burnley to Premier League promotion last season.

The Gers have signed nine players so far during the transfer window and Barton is arguably the most high-profile of them, though they've also brought in Niko Kranjcar.

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

Barton has earned a reputation for his outspoken nature in recent years and it did not take him long to take aim at Celtic after joining Rangers, criticising Hoops captain Scott Brown and manager Brendan Rodgers.

And MacAnthony, as a man who isn't afraid to express his own opinions, admits that he loves the former Newcastle United midfielder.

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony

“Joey likes to wind people up and I’ve noticed he hasn’t been slow in doing that in Scotland! But he is what he is — and I love him for that," he told The Scottish Sun.

“I’m not exactly shy in saying what I feel. So, I’ve real appreciation of Joey. Sometimes you provoke an angry response, but that’s the way it goes."

Barton's Rangers debut in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Hamilton went well, and the Gers supporters - and maybe the players - will expect that level of performance from him all season long.

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony with Director of Football Barry Fry (L)

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