Watch: Joey Barton victim of studs-up horror tackle even he wouldn't commit

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Often prone to a controversial moment on the pitch and always outspoken away from it, Joey Barton usually ranks pretty highly in lists of the most hated players in the game.

But even his biggest critics would have felt sympathy for the former Manchester City and Burnley midfielder on Friday night as Rangers took on Kilmarnock.

That's after the Gers midfielder was the victim of a horror tackle that even he would have felt ashamed to have committed. Scroll down to see the brutal, and very dangerous, challenge for yourself...


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In possession of the ball on the half way line in the 62nd minute of the Scottish Premier League clash, Barton cleared the ball down the left wing. It was a full 10 metres up the pitch by the time Kilmarnock's Greg Taylor arrived...

Studs up. Both feet off the ground. Coming in at extreme pace. Even those who love to revel in Barton's misfortune - and there are plenty of them - would have to admit it was a horror tackle.

Playing on

Quite rightly, Taylor was shown a straight red card for his reckless challenge and, somehow, Barton was able to walk away without serious injury and carry on playing.

That might not have been a good thing in the eyes of some Rangers fans though, with a large section of their supporters condemning the performance of their high-profile summer signing as the Glasgow club stuttered to a 0-0 draw against their 10-man opponents.

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