Alex McLeish shares what he said upon hearing about Joey Barton's Rangers talks

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Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish has commented on the club's move for Joey Barton.

Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish has told Sky Sports that he thinks Joey Barton would be a 'very ambitious signing' for the Gers.

Barton, 33, has just won promotion to the Premier League with Burnley, but with his one-year contract at Turf Moor coming to an end next month, he could leave Sean Dyche's side for a new challenge.

The former England international has long been considered to be one of the most controversial figures in English football during spells with Manchester City, Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers, but somewhat rebuilt his reputation at Burnley.

Still a fiery character, Barton provides bite and experience in midfield - and he could be on his way to Rangers having arrived in Glasgow over the weekend to hold talks with Mark Warburton's men.

The Daily Record report that Barton could sign a three-year deal with Rangers, having been lured north of the border by the Gers' head of recruitment Frank McParland - the man who tempted him into signing for Burnley last summer.

Ahead of the midfielder's possible move to Ibrox, former Rangers boss Alex McLeish has offered his view on the transfer whilst speaking to Sky Sports.

McLeish admitted that the deal is a 'really interesting one', as he thinks Barton brings vision, calmness and drive, even if he would also bring red cards and aggression too.

The Scot added that, when he heard that Barton was in Glasgow for talks, he thought the story was a hoax and that iwas just a lookalike of Barton - highlighting just how much of a shock his move to Rangers would be at this stage of his career.

"It is a really interesting one," said McLeish. "I heard it from a taxi driver last night and I said, 'Och, I've heard all these stories before, it will be a lookalike or something'. But that would be a very ambitious signing and I think he would bring a lot to Rangers."

"I know Joey well, I did some television work with him in the Middle East and he knows the game really well. He is a fiery character and he will probably do it in a tactical way now. I am sure there will still be a red card or two in there somewhere but I am also pretty positive that it would be a kind of controlled aggression that he would produce."

"He is a fit chap. He is 33 but I don't believe his legs have gone, he has just helped Burnley win the league and that is the only thing you worry about when players get to their 30s. Some players' legs go before others but I don't believe that is the case with Joey Barton. He would bring vision, calmness and certainly drive to the dressing room," he added.

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