Rangers boss offers his opinion on Joey Barton’s comments about Brendan Rodgers

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

Glasgow Rangers midfielder Joey Barton recently made some amusing comments about Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers.

Joey Barton applauds fans as he is substitutedJoey Barton of Rangers

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told Sky Sports that Joey Barton’s recent comments about Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers were not malicious.

Former Newcastle United midfielder Barton, who joined Rangers in the summer transfer window after leaving Burnley at the end of last season, made the comments on talkSPORT on Wednesday.

"The places he goes and the places I go probably differ with the tan and the teeth,” the Englishman told talkSPORT when asked whether he had bumped into Celtic boss Rodgers in Glasgow. “They’re not the kind of establishments I rock up at. I'm not having a mid-life crisis!”

Rangers manager Warburton has played down those comments from Barton, claiming that they were made in jest.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates winning the Scottish Championship with the trophyRangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates winning the Scottish Championship

"I'm sure you know, as I do, that it was a tongue-in-cheek banter-type comment,” Warburton told Sky Sports. “There was no malice, there was no disrespect from Joey.”

Rangers have made a strong start to the 2016-17 Scottish Premiership campaign.

The Gers kicked off their league season with a 1-1 draw with Hamilton Academical at Ibrox before getting the better of Dundee 2-1 away from home.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conferenceCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

Former Queens Park Rangers midfielder Barton has played well for Rangers so far, and the 33-year-old will be a key player against Celtic next month.

The Ibrox outfit will face Old Firm rivals Celtic at Celtic Park in the Scottish Premiership on September 10.

Rangers will take on Motherwell at Ibrox in the league on Saturday afternoon before facing Kilmarnock away from home next week.

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

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