Clint Hill's former teammate jokes Rangers have signed defender to help control Joey Barton

General View of Ibrox Stadium

Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton has completed deals to bring both players to Ibrox this summer.

Joey Barton celebrates with Clint Hill after scoring the fourth goal for QPR

Danny Gabbidon has jokingly suggested to the Sunday Mail that part of the reason that Rangers have moved to bring Clint Hill to the club this summer is the fact that they want him to control Joey Barton.

The Gers completed a deal to sign the 37-year-old this past week around a month after bringing the fiery midfielder to Ibrox.

QPR's Clint Hill

And Gabbidon - who played alongside both men during their time together at Queens Park Rangers - has hinted that it was not just Hill's footballing ability that caught Mark Warburton's attention, before adding the most likely reason for the interest.

"Those two will be proper leaders in that Rangers dressing-room. Maybe he's signed Hilly to control Joey in Glasgow," he told the Sunday Mail.

"They're great mates so maybe that's a different angle to the signing.

"You have to have the right balance in any team. If he's got a few youngsters, he'll need a few older heads to keep them on the right track."

Burnley's Joey Barton

Although it seems incredibly unlikely that helping Barton stay calm was one of the reasons that Warburton decided to try and bring Hill to Rangers, it could certainly be an advantage.

The big occasions tend to bring out the best in the 33-year-old, but with many sides looking to raise their game for their contest with the Light Blues, there may be concerns about Barton's temperament when the challenges start flying in. 

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the match

Bringing Hill into the side may allow the midfielder to play in the manner that allows him to inspire his teammates with his battling spirit as the defender behind him will make sure that he does not cross the line. 

But as Gabbidon went on to suggest, the pair will give the Gers a spine that should make them much more difficult to beat in the Scottish Premiership as their knowledge of the game will allow most of the other players to continue carrying out the team's philosophy of playing free-flowing attacking football. 

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