Barton and Rangers had a shocking first Old Firm back in the SPL.

Celtic fans report Joey Barton missing after Old Firm

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Joey Barton has never been the most popular character in football.

The former Manchester City midfielder has never shaken off his pantomime villain tag and it's safe to say things haven't got much easier for him since he moved to the SPL.

Rangers are back in the top flight of Scottish football and that should have given the Englishman the perfect opportunity to show he can still make an impact in big games - starting with the Old Firm on Saturday.


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However, anyone who has seen the scoreline will quickly surmise that the game didn't exactly go to plan for the midfielder.

Despite his ongoing feud with Celtic captain Scott Brown, Barton failed to rise to the occasion and the Hoops walked away with a resounding 5-1 win.

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There's no love lost between the two clubs; in fact, it's easily one of the most vicious rivalries in the game.

Celtic fans already have no time for Barton. They're probably aware of the time he spent in prison for assault and for his infamous training ground bust-ups during his time at City.

With all that in mind, his dismal performance in the derby proved to be the height of humour for the Celtic Park faithful.

Cue jokes about Barton going missing, last seen in Brown's pocket - these kind of one-liners are inevitable. Except one took the joke a little too far, calling the police to report the player missing.

Take a look at the video here, brought to our attention by the Sun:

Not everyone saw the funny side of the Hoops' fan's antics, criticising him for wasting police time and joking about what is really a very serious matter.

So far, Barton hasn't acknowledged the prank, simply taking to Twitter to apologise to fans for Rangers' performance.

Was Joey Barton a decent player in his day? How important will he be for Rangers? Have your say in the comments. 

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