By Coral Barry

Joey Barton has leapt to the defence of his potential future employers after a mass pitch invasion marred the Scottish Cup final between Rangers and Hibernian.

Hibs’ late victory over the Gers sparked a full-time pitch invasion and Rangers target Barton took to Twitter to point the finger away from his prospective club.

Barton travelled to Glasgow last weekend to hold talks with Mark Warburton over a potential move to the Ibrox and watched the game on Saturday, tweeting through-out.

It seemed as though a majority of the supporters who stormed the pitch were of the Hibs contingent and Barton insisted the ugly scenes were not caused by Rangers fans.

Rangers released a statement after the game claiming several of their players and staff were attacked by Hibs supporters.

Barton, 33, won promotion into the Premier League with Burnley this season, but has been assessing his options ahead of the new campaign.

As exclusively revealed by Football Insider, Barton will give his answer to Rangers before the end of the weekend.

The combative midfielder is well-known for his feisty attitude in games and insisted the passions of supporters will inevitably cause problems every now and then.

Rangers came from behind at Hampden Park to lead 2-1 with just under half an hour to play, but could not stop Hibs’ final ten minute resurgence that yielded two goals.

In other Rangers news, Dean Shiels was involved in a heated exchange with a Hibs fan during the pitch invasion and had to be held back by his Gers colleagues.