By Coral Barry
Harry Redknapp thinks Rangers’ new signing Joey Barton is likely to be “aggro”, but is still someone you want in your dressing room.
The 33-year-old joined the Gers from Championship winners Burnley and his former manager Redknapp believes he is a winner regardless of his questionable attitude at times.
Barton will be playing in the Scottish game for the first time in his career as Rangers look to compete with Celtic for the Premiership title and Redknapp thinks he is likely to lose his head ever now and then.
“He’ll have his mood swings and if things don’t go his way, there can be “aggro” but, he wants to win,” said Redknapp speaking to the BBC. “He’s a real student of the game.
“He’ll watch a million games. He’ll be all over the place watching other teams play. He’s interested in football. He’ll watch every game on TV.
“He doesn’t hold back. He’s got strong opinions on the game. He gets people going. He’ll be a big voice in that dressing room.
“He’s got a real good understanding of football and his role in the game. You give him a job to do and he’ll do the job.”
Redknapp is well acquainted with Barton after managing him at Queen Park Rangers and welcomed him back into the squad at the start of the 2013 season after the player had fallen out with the club after serving a 12-match ban for violent conduct in 2012.
Despite his disciplinary problems Redknapp has backed his former player to be a success with Rangers.
The former Tottenham manager said: “He was as good as anybody defending corners. The amount of balls he headed out the box when I had him, he did his job in the right position that you put him in.
“He’ll be a good player for Rangers, I’m sure he will. I’m sure [manager] Mark Warburton will get the best out of him.”