Mark Warburton backs Joey Barton to help Rangers back to the top and inspire squad to get better

General view during the match

Glasgow Rangers boss Warburton was able to bring the midfielder to Ibrox despite competing against a Premier League offer.

Burnley's Joey Barton

Mark Warburton is confident that Joey Barton has the potential to help Rangers get back to the very top of the Scottish Premiership, and is convinced that his influence will help the squad members improve their own games, The Scottish Sun reports.

The 33-year-old rejected the chance to stay with Burnley and help them tackle the Premier League in favour of moving to Ibrox. And his new manager admitted that he is the kind of player that will get the very best out of the rest of the team as they begin to prepare for their own top flight return.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the match

"He can help us get even more out of our developing talents, inspire everyone to get to the next level, winning more trophies, getting us where a club like Rangers has to be . . . at the very top," he told The Scottish Sun.

"Joey brings an enormous amount of experience and is a top professional. That he's signed for Rangers is a huge show of respect for our club and appreciation of what we can offer him.

"I'm very excited about what Joey can do for the team. He's got a real desire to win, he's a combative midfielder. I'm convinced he'll make the likes of Jason Holt, Andy Halliday and Harry Forrester better players."

Burnley's Joey Barton

The midfielder's ability to sit in and dictate the game from a holding midfield role should allow the rest of the side to play with the freedom that helped them win the Championship title in such emphatic fashion this past term.

His knowledge and reading of the game should give the team the kind of control that they sometimes lacked during the final weeks of the season.

Burnley's Joey Barton

And the one-time England international's influence should undoubtedly help the side re-establish themselves in the Scottish Premiership as his demands for perfection will surely get the best out of the rest of the squad, and allow them to maintain consistency over a sustained period of time. 

And if he can help the side in the way that Warburton has predicted, he may go on to be viewed as one of the most important signings they have made in recent years.

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