Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton is hopeful of bringing the midfielder to Ibrox this summer.
Martyn Waghorn believes that Rangers signing Joey Barton would not only prove that Mark Warburton's side are heading in the right direction, but his arrival would also see the standards raised in the club's midfield, the Daily Record reports.
The 33-year-old is out of contract with current club Burnley in the summer and has been heavily linked with a switch to Ibrox, the Record reports.
And while his reputation, and perhaps his age, may leave some supporters concerned about a move, the Light Blues striker insisted that the deal would provide the squad with a massive boost ahead of their return to the Scottish Premiership.
"Joey Barton is known as a tough-tackling midfielder but if you look at his performances for Burnley this year he can play a bit as well," he told the Record.
"He would be great experience-wise for the middle of the park. It would be great competition for guys like Andy Halliday, Jason Holt, Dean Shiels and Nicky Law, who have all done great this year.
"It shows we're going in the right direction if we can attract players like that."
Barton's experience of playing at the highest level would surely make him a major asset for Mark Warburton as he prepares to lead the Gers into the top flight.
And with his season at Turf Moor proving that he is still one of the best at breaking up play, Waghorn will undoubtedly be hoping that he can have a similar impact if he moves to Ibrox as it will allow the side's other midfielders to concentrate on creating chances for the striker, rather than having to worry about defending.