Glasgow Rangers new boy Clint Hill has told the club’s official site that Joey Barton had a major influence over his move to Ibrox.
Barton was one of Rangers’ first signings of the summer transfer window, and the midfielder was said to have encouraged Mark Warburton to make a move for Hill.
The 37-year-old insists that he did not need much persuasion when he heard of Rangers’ interest in him, but he does say that Barton’s words about the Glasgow giants helped further confirm that a switch to Ibrox would be good for him.
“No one needs to sell this club to anybody to be honest with you, but he was a big influence," Hill said.
“He told me about the training ground, the stadium, the passion of the fans, and he said it’s a big club, a very, very big club.
“When he says that, and you think of the history and CV that he’s got, then you know it’s special.
“I can’t wait to get started with him.”
Hill is expected to strengthen Rangers’ defence considerably, after joining Warburton’s men.
The experienced defender will also take on a coaching role, alongside his playing duties.
Hill and Barton have previously played together when in the same team at Queens Park Rangers.
Hill is Rangers’ fifth signing of the summer so far, as Warburton builds his side for the Scottish Premiership.
Rangers have already snapped up Matt Crooks, Josh Windass, Jordan Rossiter and Barton and more additions are expected to arrive in the coming weeks.