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David Weir suggests Rangers did not expect to be able to attract players of Joey Barton's quality

Rangers assistant manager David Weir

The Gers assistant manager has hailed the club's coup in signing "the best player in the Championship".

Burnley's Joey Barton

Rangers assistant manager David Weir has told the club's official website that he believes the club have outdone themselves in attracting Joey Barton to the club because the midfielder was the "best player in the Championship" throughout last season.

Barton signed a two-year deal with the Gers on Tuesday to become the club's fourth signing ahead of next season following the moves for Accrington pair Josh Windass and Matt Crooks and Liverpool teenager Jordan Rossiter.

The 33-year-old chose to move to Ibrox instead of remaining with Burnley, for whom he played a starring role last season as the Lancashire club won promotion back to the Premier League.

Burnley's Joey Barton celebrates promotion to the premier league

Barton was named Burnley's Player of the Year and was also selected in midfield in the PFA Championship Team of the Season as he impressed in the second tier.

Weir, who has played against Barton in the past for Rangers and Everton, believes that the successful move has seen the Glasgow side exceed their expectations in the transfer market because of the experience and wuality that the midfielder will bring.

The former centre-back told the club's website: "I think it is a massive signing, I really do. I think for us to have the opportunity to sign a player of that calibre was probably out with what we expected. He’s a fantastic talent and has all the attributes that we need within our team to add to what we have already got.

Rangers assistant manager David Weir

 "So he ticks all the boxes in regards to both personality and ability. I think it’s a massive coup, I think he’s possibly a player we thought was unachievable in regards to, in many people’s eyes, [being] the best player in the Championship last season.

"He’s still improving, and he is an ideal fit in regards to what we need for our team. Obviously Joey’s profile is big, it adds to the club, but his ability is the most important thing and the level he played at last year in the Championship in England, which is a really difficult league, makes it a perfect signing for us."

Barton himself is clearly delighted with the move judging from the messages he posted on social media after signing the deal, and Rangers fans will be hoping he can show his class next season to help the club return to challenging Celtic for major honours.

Burnley's Joey Barton acknowledges the crowd after the final whistle

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