Joey Barton came off the bench as Rangers beat Annan Athletic.

Joey Barton during the pro-am

After weeks of anticipation, Joey Barton made his debut for Rangers last night in the League Cup win over Annan Athletic.

Barton came off the bench in the 2-0 win for the final half hour, replacing his former QPR colleague Niko Kranjcar.

Joey Barton gestures to Burnley fans before the parade

Barton was making his bow after his switch from Burnley, sealed earlier this month after he became a free agent.

The veteran midfielder came on with the Gers 1-0 up through a first half Barrie McKay goal, and was on the pitch as Martyn Waghorn netted the second with quarter of an hour to go.

More than 30,000 fans were in attendance for the fixture, a League Cup clash, part of a convoluted early season schedule.

Burnley’s Joey Barton

Barton won praise from fans for his composed display, seeming to benefit both his midfield teammates and the defence.

The 33-year-old will want to use his experience for the better this season and be a positive influence on his new team. He remains outspoken off the pitch, but the early signs are good that he will settle on it.

Here is a look at how Rangers fans reacted on Twitter to his performance…









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