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Joey Barton reacts to Rangers - Celtic match

General views of Ibrox Stadium during the Rangers v St Johnstone - Scottish League Cup Quarter-Final at Ibrox Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers held Old Firm rivals Celtic to a draw at Parkhead.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic controls the ball under pressure of David Bates of Rangers during the Scottish Cup Semi-Final match between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on April 23, 2017 in...

Rangers held Celtic to a 0-0 draw at Parkhead today.

Celtic were big favourites to get the win and move 14 points clear of Rangers, but Grame Murty's side produced a spirited display to leave the green side of Glasgow with a point.

The Gers' pre-match planning was thrown into disarray after just 18 minutes when veteran centre-back Bruno Alves fell injured and was replaced by David Bates.

General view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The young Rangers man performed admirably in a game which the Ibrox side could have won, if not for missed chances from Alfredo Morelos.

By the same token, the Hoops also missed their fair share of gilt-edged opportunities,  and former Gers midfielder Joey Barton believes it was a fair result.

General views of Ibrox Stadium during the Rangers v St Johnstone - Scottish League Cup Quarter-Final at Ibrox Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers have shown definite improvement under Murty, who has won seven, drawn one and lost four of his 12 Premiership games in charge.

And this result will only reaffirm suggestions that the Gers' hierarchy were right to give him the job until the end of the season, while they continue to hunt a long-term replacement for Pedro Caixinha.

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