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Lee Wallace names the two Rangers signings who have impressed him

By Harvey Byrne

Rangers captain Lee Wallace has revealed that he has been impressed by the impact of new signings Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar.

The Scottish giants have added nine new players to their squad which secured the Scottish Championship title last season.

Wallace, who has been at Ibrox for five years, has revealed how former Premier League stars Barton and Kranjcar have been vital additions to the new-look squad.

“They have added an enormous amount, both on and off the pitch,” said Wallace to Sky Sports.

“There is undoubted quality on the football pitch – there is no getting away from that – but I think more on how they are interacting off the pitch, how they are dealing with the guys, getting used to how we work and the contributions and analysis they are making on the training pitch are second to none.

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“I think that both, on and off the pitch, are certainly going to help our players, help us improve, help get us to where we want to be, so two fantastic additions along with the rest of the guys who have come into our squad and we are in really good shape right now.”

Speaking on Barton specifically, Wallace also said that he has been impressed with what he has seen from the controversial midfielder.

“What I think he will add more of is on-pitch quality which we have already seen in the couple of games which Joey has played. There is no doubt the guys who have added to the squad are going to make us a better team and help us move forward.”

Kranjcar moved to the Scottish giants this summer and joins with vast top-level experience after 15 years at the top for club and country.

The attack-minded player has previously played at English duo Tottenham and Portsmouth in the Premier League, as well Dinamo Zagreb, Hajduk Split, Rapid Vienna, Dynamo Kiev and most recently American side New York Cosmos.

Meanwhile Joey Barton joins the club with 13 years of top-level experience.

The outspoken midfielder starred mainly in the Premier League after breaking through with Manchester City before joining Newcastle and then moving on to QPR, he also had a brief spell in Ligue 1 while on-loan at Marseille.

The midfielder joins the club after winning promotion to the Premier League with Burnley where he won the clubs Player of the Year and in featured in the PFA Team of the Year.

In other Rangers team news, Mark Warburton has revealed he hopes to sign at least one more player before the Premiership opener against Hamilton on Saturday.