Redknapp: This former Premier League duo would be brilliant signings for Rangers
By Alex Stevens
Harry Redknapp has backed Niko Kranjcar and Joey Barton to be massive signings for Rangers if the club can pull them off.
Barton could be on the verge of a sensational transfer to Rangers after travelling to Glasgow for talks on Saturday.
According to the Daily Record, manager Mark Warburton is also keen on Kranjcar and flew to the US last week to holds talks in person with the former Tottenham, QPR and Portsmouth midfielder, who is now playing for the New York Cosmos.
Rangers manager Mark Warburton has targeted the high-profile duo as he prepares the club for life back in the Scottish Premiership next season.
Redknapp signed Kranjcar on three separate occasions and also recruited Barton during his spell in charge of QPR.
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“I’d take Niko all day long,” Redknapp told the Daily Record. “He’s a fantastic player. Really technically gifted and a terrific footballer.
“I had a good relationship with Niko and he played for me quite a few times. The talent is there without question and the best part is that he’s a great lad as well to go with his ability.
“The key to getting the very best out of him is to keep him fit. All in all, he is a top-class player and would represent quite a signing for Rangers.”
Barton has been a revelation for Burnley this season as they secured promotion to the Premier League. The 33-year-old midfielder made 40 appearances and was named the club’s player of the year in what was a personal and collective triumph.
However, he is out of contract at Burnley in the summer and, as revealed by Football Insider, Rangers have offered Barton a three-year contract in a bid to entice him to the Scottish Premiership next season.
“Joey has been fantastic for Burnley in the Championship throughout this season,” Redknapp told the Daily Record. “I recommended him to [manager] Sean [Dyche] and said he would do well for them and he did a really great job.
“He’s a good player and a good trainer and, like Niko, would represent a terrific signing.”
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