Report: Joey Barton now close to signing for Rangers, Ibrox contract length disclosed

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Rangers are reportedly poised to secure the signature of Joey Barton.

According to STV, Rangers have offered a two-year contract to Burnley midfielder Joey Barton - and a deal is believed to be close to completion.

The Gers have already snapped up Accrington Stanley duo Matt Crooks and Josh Windass on pre-contract agreement, Rangers moved to land Liverpool midfielder Jordan Rossiter on Friday evening.

Despite all three of those players being midfielders, Rangers appear to be moving for another player to play in the middle of the park - and this time, it's a big-name player being targeted by manager Mark Warburton.

STV report that Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has been in Glasgow today in order to hold talks over a move to Rangers, claiming that the contract being offered by the Gers is for two years - a bold commitment for a player over the age of 30.

Barton, 33, played a key role in Burnley's promotion to the Premier League, rebuilding his reputation after controversial spells with Manchester City, Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers.

The midfielder is out of contract at Turf Moor now though, and despite once again having the chance to the Premier League, he is believes to be closing in on a move to Rangers, with STV claiming that talks are now 'at an advanced stage' this evening.

Barton was convinced to sign for Burnley by Frank McParland, who has since left the Clarets to become Rangers' head of recruitment, meaning a reunion could be on the cards at Ibrox.

Rangers have been lacking an experienced head in the middle of the park, and landing Barton would be a major coup for Warburton's men, with a deal seemingly close to completion already.

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