By Alex Stevens
Kenny Miller has revealed Joey Barton asked “subtle” questions about Rangers during their golf meeting 24 hours after the midfielder was given a VIP tour of the club’s headquarters.
Barton could be on the verge of a sensational transfer to Rangers after travelling to Glasgow for talks last Saturday.
As revealed by Football Insider, Rangers have offered Barton a three-year contract in a bid to entice him to the Scottish Premiership next season.
Gers striker Miller was pictured playing golf with the 33-year-old in Loch Lomond on Sunday and was impressed by his fellow veteran’s interest in the Scottish giants.
“He seemed genuinely interested and keen to know what the club was about,” Miller told Sky Sports News on Tuesday. “He knows the size of Rangers but he seemed interested in the subtle things about the club too.
It is said Ibrox manager Mark Warburton hopes to have an answer from the former England international before this weekend’s Scottish Cup final against Hibernian.
— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) May 15, 2016
Barton is out of contract in the summer, and without a firm agreement in place with Burnley, his future remains up in the air.
The Championship winners had been willing to offer the 33-year-old a one-year deal as well as another crack at the Premier League.
The former Manchester City, Newcastle, QPR and Marseille star will have to weigh that up against the more long-term contract on offer from Rangers.
“It’s no secret that the club are trying to persuade him to come to the club and hopefully we’ve done enough,” Miller added to Sky Sports News.
“The manager has never talked down the size of the job here and the size of the club so it would be a big thing if we could bring a player of that quality to this football club.
“He’s at the stage of his career where he has the potential to play Premier League football and if we can get that signing over the line, it would be a massive coup for the club.
Barton has been a revelation for Burnley this season as they secured promotion to the Premier League. He made 40 appearances and was named the club’s player of the year in what was a persona and collective triumph.
In other Rangers news, one of the team’s emerging stars could be playing in the Premier League next season.