Burnley hero discusses texts from Joey Barton amid Rangers talks

Michael Duff says that Burnley will bounce back should they lose Joey Barton to Rangers.

Recently retired Burnley ace Michael Duff has told the Lancashire Telegraph that Joey Barton is keeping his cards close to his chest on a potential switch to Rangers.

Barton has been in Scotland for talks this week over a switch to the Gers, but no decision on his future has yet been made.

The 33-year-old is a free agent this summer after helping Burnley win promotion to the Premier League, and Duff says that while losing the midfielder would be a blow, it would be one the Clarets could overcome.

He said: "I’ve had a couple of texts with him but I’ve not asked him about that, it’s completely up to him. He’s out of contract so he is entitled to speak to who he wants.

"It’s pretty obvious he’s pretty single minded so he’ll do what he thinks is right and the club will do deal with it. If he goes we replace him if he doesn’t great.

"It will be good if he stays because of his personality in the dressing room and influence on the pitch."

Burnley have made Barton an offer to stay, but the challenge of leading Rangers upon their return to the Scottish Premiership is evidently an option which holds an appeal to the midfielder.

Barton signed with Burnley as a free agent a year ago on a short term deal, and was voted into the Championship Team of the Season after helping the club win promotion as champions.

The midfielder would like to leave Burnley on good terms if he does, and clearly remains amicable with players and staff at the Clarets, and would leave with their best wishes.

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