Barton is reportedly undergoing a medical with Mark Warburton’s side today, ahead of a proposed move to Ibrox.
Barton, himself, has posted on Twitter that the move from Burnley to Rangers was a tough decision, but he could not turn down the opportunity to play for the Glasgow giants.
The 33-year-old is expected to sign a two-year contract with Rangers, in what is a considerable statement of intent for Warburton’s newly promoted side.
And Wilkins said: “People might have thought he would like a bash at the Premier League, but going up there will be remarkable for him. They’ll love him up there, because of the way he plays.
“With his drive and his attitude, you know what the people of Scotland are like, they want you to have a work ethic. I would have to say, on the pitch, he’s done his business.”
Barton played a key role in helping Burnley earn promotion to the Premier League last season, but the Clarets were only willing to offer him a one-year extension.
Rangers were prepared to give him more security, and Barton is now set to make the move to Scotland.
Barton’s arrival is Rangers’ fourth signing of the summer already, following deals for Accrington Stanley pair Matt Crooks and Josh Windass, and the signing of Jordan Rossiter from Liverpool.
Rangers are expected to continue to invest in the coming weeks, with Niko Kranjcar one of the targets edging closer to completing a transfer to Ibrox.