Glasgow Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has told the club’s official Youtube channel that he would have regretted it for the rest of his life if he did not make the move to Ibrox.
Barton was one of Mark Warburton’s priority targets for Rangers, after their promotion to the Scottish Premiership was confirmed.
The 33-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the Glasgow giants, following the expiration of his contract at Burnley.
Barton had been a key player for Burnley as they earned promotion to the Premier League this past season, but the Clarets were only prepared to offer him a year’s extension.
Rangers’ willingness to give him added security was the difference, and his arrival at Ibrox is a signal of Warburton’s side’s ambition for the season ahead.
“When I first found out there was an opportunity to come up here, my blood got pumping and I was thinking what this could be,” Barton said.
“I’m fully aware of the situation the club has been in in the last few years, but to be part of a group that is going to put this football club back where it belongs was an opportunity that if I didn’t take I would have regretted it for the rest of my life.”
Barton is Rangers’ fourth signing of the summer already, after the arrivals of Matt Crooks and Josh Windass from Accrington Stanley and the addition of Jordan Rossiter from Liverpool.
Rangers are also expected to complete the signing of Niko Kranjcar in the coming days, as Warburton builds his squad for next season.