New Rangers star Scott Arfield has revealed he picked Joey Barton’s brains ahead of his move to Ibrox – and admitted the former Gers midfielder “rubber-stamped” Arfield’s move north.
Former Falkirk and Huddersfield star Arfield became the first signing of Steven Gerrard’s reign as manager when he signed a four-year deal earlier in the week.
Arfield and Barton were team-mates and Burnley, either side of Barton’s ill-fated move to Ibrox, and Canadian international Arfield revealed that Barton was “full of encouragement” ahead of agreeing to swap Turf Moor for Ibrox.
“I spoke to Joe,” Arfield said, as quoted by The Herald.
“He told me fully, 100 per cent, to go for it and take this opportunity.
“I understand that he left here on bad terms, but he certainly doesn’t bad-mouth the club in any way. He was full of encouragement about everything. How the place is run, the training ground, the fans, the stature of the club.
“I picked his brains because I am good mates with Joe and I wanted to get his version on things. He rubber-stamped this as the best move for me.”
Football Insider verdict:
For all Barton’s big-mouth public persona he does comes across as someone who would be a good sounding post given his experiences – both at and away from Rangers. Despite the way his spell at Ibrox ended, Barton knows first-hand the pressure that comes with playing for the Gers and will have been well-positioned to give some advice to Arfield ahead of his move. Getting the Canadian international to Ibrox should prove to be a shrewd bit of business by the Gers and is exactly the sort of player the Light Blues should be targeting this summer as they look to end Celtic’s recent dominance of the Scottish Premiership. Hopefully Arfield can make an immediate impact and help the Ibrox giants to a good start in the Europa League when qualifying begins in July and banish the ghost of last season’s European humiliation at the hands of Luxembourg minnows Progres in the first qualifying round.
In other Rangers transfer news, the club are in hot pursuit of a 6’4″ colossus who could be signing of the season.