Derry – We’ve missed Barton

Midfielder Shaun Derry admits there have been times this season

where QPR have missed having Joey Barton in the squad.

Barton is spending the season on loan at Ligue 1 side Marseille

after falling out with Rangers’ hierarchy last summer.

The controversial midfielder was forced to serve a 12-match

suspension at the beginning of the campaign after being sent off in

the final game of last season against Manchester City for violent

conduct.

QPR are facing relegation from the Premier League this term,

sitting rock-bottom of the table and seven points adrift of safety

with eight games remaining.

Veteran midfielder Derry believes Barton’s presence could have

lifted the struggling Hoops.

He told The Sun: “There have been times this season where the

guys haven’t given 100 per cent. So he’d have improved the

squad.”