Annan Athletic defender Jean-Guy Lucas comments on how Ibrox reacted to Joey Barton's debut

Burnley's Joey Barton

The Frenchman was amazed by the reception Mark Warburton's new Rangers signing got at Ibrox.

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Rangers boss Mark Warburton has been busy this summer, bringing in some new faces at Ibrox.

The Glasgow club are trying to improve their team ahead of a challenge with Old Firm rivals Celtic for the Scottish Premiership crown.


Along with some talented young players he has also sought to add experience to his side – with the likes of Clint Hill, Matt Gilks and Niko Kranjcar all arriving.

Perhaps the most eye-catching of all was Joey Barton.

The former Burnley man arrived at Rangers on a free transfer in a deal Warburton was very pleased to have pulled off.

Barton made his debut for Rangers at Ibrox against Annan Athletic, and one of the opposing players has now been describing the moment he entered the field.

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Jean-Guy Lucas joined Annan this summer from the Edusport Academy and has been talking to Foot Amateur this week, and had this to say about his Ibrox experience:

“It's true! We met last Tuesday (19 July) in Scottish League Cup (Betfred Cup). It was just amazing! There were more than 31,000 people and a wonderful atmosphere.

“When Joey Barton entered the field, the fervour of the fans was awesome. At the game, it was fast but finally we have a good game in which we defended pretty well (2-0 defeat)."

There is no doubt Barton is bringing some of the X-factor back to Rangers this season and Scottish football is definitely excited about his first foray into an Old Firm derby.

But it seems that his presence at Ibrox is definitely impacting his opponents, even just on a psychological level.

Here’s hoping that Barton can continue to steal the show for Rangers throughout this season, for the right reasons.

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