Barton opted to leave Premier League bound Burnley for Rangers after playing a key role in the Claret’s Championship win and ensuing promotion back to the top-flight at the first attempt.
The former Marseille man obviously holds a reputation as a bit of a loose cannon, yet there is no doubt he is a top quality midfielder and over the past two years a player who has shown real maturity.
Speaking to reporters on his switch to Ibrox, Phillips says the Gers have got themselves a big personality and a player who has the ability to light up the Scottish Premiership.
“He’s got plenty of ability and the older he’s got, the wiser he’s got as well. I think he will bring a lot of quality to Rangers. I heard he said he is going to light up Scottish football or whatever and he’s definitely got the talent to do that,” Phillips told the Evening Times.
“He’s played for other big clubs like Marseille and Newcastle and you don’t get those kind of moves if you don’t have something about you. I’m sure he’ll be good for Rangers.”
“He was a big personality in our dressing room. When you’re in the same team as him you know you can look at him and see someone who is always going to give 100 percent.”
Barton has had a colourful career having played for the likes of Marseille and Newcastle United, and many could argue that he still had the ability to play in the Premier League.
However, the pull of Rangers following their promotion to the Scottish Premiership is the greatest it has been in years and the challenge to knock Celtic off top spot could be Barton’s biggest yet.
The Gers will start the campaign as contenders for the title, but Celtic will remain favourites and under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers they are heavily expected to get better.