Newly-signed Rangers goalkeeper Matt Gilks has spoken highly of former Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton on the club’s official website.
Gilks has joined Scottish giants Rangers on a two-year contract on a free transfer following his departure from Premier League-bound Burnley at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.
Barton has also moved to the Gers on a free transfer, having left Burnley at the end of last season as well.
The former Newcastle and Queens Park Rangers midfielder was one of the best players in the Championship last season.
Gilks seems to rate Barton highly and has spoken positively about the Englishman.
“I know Joey very well,” Gilks told Rangers’ official website about Barton. “We got on really well at Burnley actually and he probably helped me through the last year. He’s a great guy and I think he’s one of the most misunderstood footballers that has ever played.
“He’s very intelligent, he’s a very good footballer and he absolutely loves the game. The experience and what he can bring to this team, you can’t buy that.”
Barton scored three goals and created 29 chances in 38 Championship appearances for Burnley last season.
The 33-year-old Englishman had a pass accuracy of 75% and a shot accuracy of 31%, and won 67 headers, 15 dribbles and 82 tackles.
Rangers will be aiming to compete with Old Firm rivals Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title during the 2016-17 campaign.
The Gers have been quite busy in the summer transfer window so far, and perhaps more signings will be made by the Ibrox outfit before the start of the 2016-17 campaign.