Joey Barton at Burnley
Joey Barton’s move to Glasgow Rangers was finally confirmed last night, as the midfielder decided to move on from Burnley after a successful season with the club.
He left The Clarets despite helping them to promotion from the Championship in a season he was voted the club’s Player of the Year.
So for many his decision to leave a newly promoted Premier League side for Scottish football and Rangers seems an odd one.
Burnley's Joey Barton celebrates promotion to the premier league
However, former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour expressed his opinion on why Barton might have opted for Ibrox.
He told talkSPORT today (25/05/2016) that he felt Barton might have thought the Premier League was too much for him at this point of his career:
“He was very instrumental throughout las year with Burnley getting back in to the Premier League.
“He knew he couldn’t hack it in the Premier League. It’s just a bit too quick for him probably.
“So he’s gone to a level where he really feels he can get in that midfield at Rangers. His experience will be so important.”
Barton will turn 34 in September and despite being in good physical condition Parlour’s observation certainly makes sense.
Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates after being promoted to the Scottish Premiership
But there would have been many other reasons why Barton decided on Scottish Premiership football with Rangers.
The lure of the Old Firm derby with Celtic, a two-year deal rather than one, working under the management of Mark Warburton – all great reasons to come and play at Glasgow Rangers instead of struggling in the Premier League with Burnley.
Here’s hoping he makes his Ibrox stay a memorable one.