Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton has admitted that he is delighted to have landed Rangers midfielder Jason Holt on loan – and revealed he “tried everything” to sign Holt once he learned he was available.
The 25-year-old signed a season-long loan deal with the Cod Army on Monday and former Ibrox team-mate Barton thinks Holt will be a “huge signing” for the League One side.
Barton worked closely with Holt at Ibrox and admitted the qualities that he saw at Rangers made signing him an easy decision as the former England international takes his first steps in management.
“I’m delighted that Jason has joined us here at Fleetwood Town,” Barton said, as quoted by the Blackpool Gazette.
“I saw his qualities when I was at Rangers on a daily basis, and as soon as I found out he was available we tried everything to make sure we got him here.
“He’s a great character, a great trainer, and he knows the level after his season with Sheffield United. It’s a huge signing for us.”
Football Insider verdict:
Holt obviously made a big impression on Barton and his assistant, Clint Hill, and should do well in League One for the Cod Army. Although there are players at Ibrox who the Gers should have moved on before Holt, getting away and playing regularly will be important for the 25-year-old after struggling to hold down a regular place for the Gers. Holt’s energy and drive will be a big positive for Barton’s side and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the former Hearts ace is integral to their success this season. With two years left on his Gers deal, the door is still open for an Ibrox return although it seems unlikely that Holt adds to his 115 appearances for the Light Blues. A loan deal suits better than a permanent switch right now for the Gers as it gives Gerrard a chance to properly look at Holt in regular action over the course of the season and decide if there’s any long-term future at Ibrox for him.
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