Rangers fans on social media have been giving their verdict on the news that former Ger Joey Barton has shockingly started his managerial career.
The 35-year-old, who had flopped at Ibrox last season and was eventually left the club after a dispute with then boss Mark Warburton, has been appointed manager of League One side Fleetwood Town and will start the job in June, in a move which was announced of their official Twitter page.
✍️ | Fleetwood Town can confirm an agreement has been reached for @Joey7Barton to become the club's new Head Coach as of June 2nd.
— Fleetwood Town FC (@ftfc) April 18, 2018
The move has generally been met with bemusement by fans, but one claimed that his ‘heart skipped a beat’ as he was worried that Barton had been appointed as Graeme Murty’s successor at Ibrox.
However, more than one fan wished the player ‘good luck’ with one going as far as to say that he would be a ‘great head coach’.
Here are some of the best reactions from Gers fans on Twitter to Barton’s appointment:
My heart just skipped a beat when I heard Joey Barton was moving into management, thankfully not as Murty's replacement!!!!
— Jazza (@jmilprint) April 18, 2018
Good luck Joey Barton 💙👊🇬🇧
— Alan J (@alanjjnr) April 18, 2018
Good Luck Joey 👍🏻
— Dave (@Nimsay1872) April 18, 2018
— CHARLIE MURDOCH 🇬🇧🏴🇬🇧 (@murdoch_charles) April 18, 2018
— ALKY McCOIST (@JimTheJudge) April 18, 2018
Good luck Joey I'm sure you will make a great head coach 🔴⚪🔵
— Debz Lawson (@LawDebz) April 18, 2018
Barton’s time at Ibrox won’t go down as one of the highlights of his footballing career. He was signed with lots of hype, but put in a dreadful performance against Scott Brown in a 5-1 loss to Celtic in his first meaningful game for the Gers.
Not long after that came his ‘difference of opinion’ with Mark Warburton, and his inevitable departure from Ibrox.
In other Rangers news, Alan Stubbs has given his verdict on the problems at Ibrox