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.