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Rangers legend Ronald De Boer likens Barton to Dutchman

Joey Barton is said to be nearing a move to Scottish Premiership side Rangers.

Speaking to The Mail, Ronald De Boer believes that Rangers need the "little bit of fire" that Joey Barton would bring to the team, likening him to Fernando Ricksen.

The 33-year-old midfielder is said to be nearing a move to Rangers (Sky Sports) after helping Burnley reach the Premier League this past season by winning the Championship.

The former Manchester City man has earned a reputation for his no-nonsense approach on the pitch in recent years, a mentality which might serve him well in, say, an Old Firm derby with bitter Glasgow rivals Celtic.

De Boer, who spent four years at Rangers, says that his former team-mate at Ibrox Ricksen was similarly as tempestuous as Barton, but the Dutchman claims that every team needs that bit of fire in the belly - but not an explosion.

"When I first came to Rangers in 2000, I was walking on to the training pitch and Fernando tackled me and took the ball off me," the ex-Rangers man told The Mail.

"And that was me just walking on to the pitch! He was a great player, but he was so hyper all the time.

"Rangers need a guy with a little bit of that fire in him. But they will be telling him "we need some fire — but we don't need an explosion."


Next season promises to be perhaps the most highly anticipated Scottish Premiership campaign in quite a few years. There is genuine buzz surrounding Rangers again, following their four-year exile in the lower divisions, and Mark Warburton has them playing some great ball, it has to be said.


The Gers could, and probably should, round off the 2015-16 campaign by winning a treble ahead of Saturday's Scottish Cup final contest with Hibernian, having eliminated Celtic in the previous round.

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