By Alex Stevens
Joey Barton has been linked with a move to Rangers in the summer – and supporters took to Twitter to express their delight and confusion.
The 33-year-old former England international has been a revelation for Burnley this season as they secured promotion to the Premier League.
But Barton is out of contract in the summer, and without an offer from Burnley on the table, his future remains up in the air.
That has prompted feverish speculation that the former Manchester City, Newcastle and Marseille midfielder could be heading for a career swansong with Rangers.
This has met with scepticism in Glasgow, where supporters appreciate that more wealthy clubs down south can offer Barton a more lucrative package.
Fans took to Twitter to give their verdicts on the possibility of Barton moving to Rangers.
— Falkirk bear (@falkirkbear) May 6, 2016
Working on a 5 a side team of 2016 RFC Silly Transfer Rumours. So far we’ve got Barton, Hanley and Danny Graham. Keeper and playmaker needed
— Garry Carmody (@GarryCarmody) May 6, 2016
Id take Joey Barton all day, had a fantastic season this year. Would be the midfield steel we’ve been lacking this season.
Puts tin hat on*
— Dean (@deanomac54) May 6, 2016
No chance of Joey Barton joining Rangers, must be on 30k + and about the play in the Premier League
— Glen Quinn (@GlenQuinn1) May 6, 2016
Hated joey Barton as a player but it could be the dig in midfield we actually really need, whoever Warburton brings in I’ll be happy
— Ian Girvan (@iangirvan5) May 6, 2016
Imagine we signed Joey Barton ? would stroll the premiership.
— Greg McGuinness (@mcgu1nness_) May 6, 2016
Reading FF and I actually think this Joey Barton rumour might have something to it ?
— Tags (@tagsbo) May 6, 2016
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