Joey Barton has been a revelation for high flying Burnley
Joey Barton on display for Burnley

By Alex Stevens

Rangers are trying to trump Burnley by offering Joey Barton a more lucrative package to make a shock move to Ibrox, Football Insider sources understand.

Barton could be on the verge of a sensational transfer to the Scottish giants after travelling to Glasgow for talks on Saturday.

A well placed source has told Football Insider that Rangers have offered Barton a three-year contract in a bid to entice him to the Scottish Premiership next season.

The midfielder has been in talks over a new deal with newly-promoted Burnley after helping them return to the Premier League at the first attempt.

But Barton is out of contract in the summer, and without a firm agreement in place with Burnley, his future remains up in the air.

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The source said the Championship winners are likely to offer the 33-year-old former England international 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.

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.

Speculation that Barton could be heading for a career swansong with Rangers initially met with scepticism last week in Glasgow, where supporters appreciate that more wealthy clubs down south can offer Barton a more lucrative package.

In other Rangers news, one of the team’s emerging stars could be playing in the Premier League next season.