Joey Barton dismisses comparison with former Rangers No.8 Paul Gascoigne

Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton has already completed a deal to bring the midfielder to Ibrox.

Burnley's Joey Barton

Joey Barton has insisted that trying to emulate Paul Gascoigne during his time with Rangers is not on his agenda, simply because he believes that the retired midfielder is in another league to the 33-year-old, the Daily Record reports.

The former Burnley man has completed a deal to join the Gers ahead of their first campaign back in the Scottish Premiership and was handed the number eight shirt. 

Rangers's Paul Gascoigne celebrates after scoring

The fact that Barton will wear the same number that Gascoigne wore during his time at Ibrox has led to comparisons between the two Englishman, which has perhaps been enhanced by the pair's maverick personalities. 

But the Light Blues' latest signing has played down any comparison between the two, before suggesting that enjoying any of the success that Gazza tasted in Glasgow would be a dream.

"I just couldn't sit here and put myself in the same breath as Gascoigne because he's in a different stratosphere as a player to me," he told the Record.

"If I can have a minute percentage of the impact he had on this football club, I would snap your hand off for that now. He was phenomenal at his peak.

"He is remembered as favourably north of the border as he is south and I don't think there are many players who have the ability to captivate both nations."

Paul Gascoigne - Glasgow Rangers

During his three years in Scotland, Gascoigne helped the club to two league titles, as well as the Scottish Cup and the League Cup. 

And despite not spending a huge portion of his career at Ibrox, his contribution saw him inducted into the club's hall of fame in 2006. 

Burnley's Joey Barton

While Barton is doubtful that he will be able to emulate Gascoigne's impact during his time at Ibrox, there is no question that his hero status would be assured if he is able to inspire Mark Warburton's men above their Old Firm rivals, and perhaps lead them back into Europe to complete the long journey back to the top once and for all.

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