Burnley midfielder Joey Barton’s decision to take an interest in joining Rangers is not about money, according to The Daily Record.
Barton is on the books of Premier League-bound Burnley at the moment, but his current contract with the Clarets runs out at the end of the month.
“People have been talking a lot about the kind of money involved in attracting Joey to Rangers but the truth is this decision will not be a financial one for the player,” The Daily Record quotes a source as saying. “Joey has made an awful lot of money throughout his career on contracts of around £90k a week down south.
“If he choses to move to Rangers then it’s about trying to win trophies, playing at a packed stadium and getting an opportunity to play in Europe. That’s what attracts him to the idea - it’s because the guy is a winner.”
Barton is 33 years of age and probably does not have too many years left in his professional playing career, but he remains a very good footballer who would be an asset to Rangers.
The Englishman has played for big clubs such as Manchester City and Newcastle, and it seems that he is keen on turning out for Rangers.
The Gers have a chance of playing in the Europa League next season if they win the Scottish Cup final this month.
Moreover, Mark Warburton’s side could also be challenging Old Firm rivals Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title during the 2016-17 campaign.
Playing in front of 50,000 fans at Ibrox and featuring in Europe would certainly be attractive to any footballer, not just Barton.