Joey Barton agrees two-year Rangers deal, flies to Glasgow in next 48 hours - report
By Alex Stevens
Joey Barton has verbally agreed a two-year deal with Rangers, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun have claimed that the former England midfielder is due to be in Glasgow in the next 48 hours to undergo a medical and put pen to paper.
It is said he has already given Rangers assurances that he will sign a contract that runs until 2018 after making his mind up to make the switch to Scotland.
This comes after Barton revealed on Twitter on Monday that he had decided where he will play next season and strongly suggested he would be headed for Ibrox.
In his tweet, the 33-year-old referenced the song Penny Arcade, a favourite among Rangers supporters, claiming on his official account: “Tough decision but it’s now made. Onwards and upwards from here. #Rollupandspendyourlastdime.”
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As revealed by Football Insider, Rangers have offered Barton a contract in a bid to entice him to the Scottish Premiership next season.
He travelled to Glasgow nine days ago for talks with the club and is said to have been impressed with the plans of manager Mark Warburton and his assistant David Weir.
Tough decision but it’s now made. Onwards and upwards from here. #Rollupandspendyourlastdime
— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) May 23, 2016
Warburton has made no attempt to hide the club’s attempts to entice Barton to Glasgow.
He said last Wednesday: “There are no secrets in Glasgow. He’s a Burnley player still but he’s a very talented individual, he offers an experience and the maturity we maybe need to add to the squad.
“He was in the Championship team of the year after a fantastic season for him and I’m sure he has many options but all we can do is show him what Rangers represents and see where that goes. He’s sought after by many clubs so we’ll see where it goes.”
Barton has also been in talks over a new deal with newly-promoted Burnley after helping them return to the Premier League at the first attempt.
The Championship winners had been willing to offer the veteran a one-year deal as well as another crack at the Premier League.
But the former Manchester City, Newcastle, QPR and Marseille star has decided to join the Light Blues as they return to the Scottish top flight for the first time in four years.
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.