Report: Joey Barton considering Rangers offer, decision on Ibrox move this week

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Rangers are hoping to have a decision from Joey Barton this week.

According to the Daily Record, Burnley midfielder Joey Barton is taking a short holiday to decide whether he will sign for Rangers or not.

Barton, 33, had been seen as one of the most controversial, volatile players in English football during spells with Manchester City, Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers, but many of his detractors have changed their opinions of him over the last year.

The former England international, who won one cap for the Three Lions back in 2007, signed for Championship side Burnley and was the heart of Sean Dyche's team, as he stayed out of trouble and drove the Clarets to the Championship title.

Now though, Barton's one-year deal at Turf Moor is over, and he is free to talk to other clubs - with Rangers one team he has already held talks with.

The Daily Record report that Barton, who held talks with Rangers over the weekend, is now jetting off on holiday for three nights to think about the move.

His decision will be whether to sign for Rangers or stay with Burnley and return to the Premier League; a tough choice, which Barton feels he needs time away to consider.

Frank McParland, the man who convinced Barton to join Burnley last year, is now Rangers' head of recruitment, and he could play a big part in Barton's decision.

It's suggested that manager Mark Warburton is looking for a decision to be made this week, before Rangers take on Hibernian in the Scottish Cup final on Sunday afternoon.

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