Rangers boss offers response to question regarding Joey Barton signing

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

Joey Barton's contract with Glasgow Rangers was terminated earlier this month.

Rangers manager Mark WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton

The Gers held their annual general meeting this morning, and manager Mark Warburton responded to a difficult question regarding the club's reasoning behind signing notorious trouble maker Joey Barton during the summer, as quoted by the Daily Star.

Rangers' struggles in the first six weeks of their Scottish Premiership campaign were symptomatic of both Barton's poor performances on the pitch, and off-field antics.

Warburton was forced to field an awkward question regarding the merits surrounding his side's purchase of the former Burnley man, and responded by highlighting the good signings that Rangers have made as well, as quoted by the Daily Star:

"Hindsight is a marvellous thing. We looked for players to add value and experience. I’d hope you'd judge us by the 21 players who have come in rather than one individual."

Rangers' Joey Barton before the matchJoey Barton 

The challenge for Warburton will be to get those players gelling together as a unit as soon as possible, with his side already sitting 11 points behind bitter rivals Celtic, having played a game more than the Hoops.

Next up for Rangers is a trip to Patrick Thistle tomorrow before they face a tricky run of games, including two fixtures against Hearts, and a home clash against second placed Aberdeen.

There certainly seems to be more harmony present at Ibrox in the wake of Barton's departure - something that is highlighted by the fact that Warburton's men have only lost once in the league since the 34-year-old played his last game for the club.

Joey Barton applauds fans as he is substitutedJoey Barton during his time with Rangers

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