Joey Barton came off the bench as Rangers beat Annan Athletic.
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.
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.
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…
What was great to see was Barton’s positioning when he came on, literally sat in front of defence and protected. Much better.
— RagnarRFC™ (@Dazza_Blue) July 19, 2016
— Iain Paterson (@iainpaterson21) July 19, 2016
Tonight I witnessed Niko Kranjcar and Joey Barton in a Rangers jersey; no I wasn’t dreaming
— Kirst (@Kirsten93_) July 19, 2016
Gone from Nicky Law and Ian Black in the midfield, to Niko Kranjcar and Joey Barton unreal
— Matthew Carson (@MatthewCarson4) July 19, 2016
Barton & Kranjcar would walk into the Celtic team at this minute https://t.co/s5xIwNMsia
— adam (@69adamski) July 19, 2016
After watching tonight I wouldn’t even waste beautiful ‘ballers like Barton & Niko this season. Keep them fresh for next year’s CL
— Phantom (@PhantomL5) July 19, 2016
Looking at how deep Barton played tonight he’ll certainly help tighten things up at the back.
— Cads (@rossco_bear) July 19, 2016
Saw a different side to Andy Halliday when Barton came on, bursting forward from midfield a good sign of things to come.
— Alan Nichol (@alan_nichol) July 19, 2016
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