Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday explains what Joey Barton's former teammate has told him about 33-year-old

General view of Ibrox - Rangers

Barton has joined Mark Warburton's Glasgow Rangers side after starring in the Championship last season.

Burnley's Joey BartonRangers' new signing Joey Barton during his time with Burnley

Andy Halliday has disclosed to Rangers' official website that he has spoken to Joey Barton's former Burnley teammate Lukas Jutkiewicz about the 33-year-old, and explained that the striker's response was hugely encouraging.

The midfielder played a key part in guiding the Clarets to promotion to the Premier League. But rather than stick around to help them compete in England's top flight, Barton agreed to instead join the Light Blues as they prepare for their long-awaited return to the Scottish Premiership.

Andy Halliday celebrates after scoring the first goal for RangersRangers midfielder Andy Halliday

And ahead of his arrival at Ibrox, Halliday has explained how he has spoken to Jutkiewicz - who played alongside Barton at Turf Moor and Halliday at Middlesbrough previously - and while his response has left him excited about playing alongside his new teammate, the 24-year-old warned that he will not be giving up his place in the team without a fight. 

"He's been a big signing, but so have all of our signings. I know Lukas Jutkiewicz really well who was with him at Burnley last year, and he speaks really highly of him and says he's a great guy and, first and foremost, is a great player to be adding to the squad," he told the club's official website.

"I am looking forward to playing with him, and we have a number of midfielders so the competition for places is healthy, but that's what you have got to expect at a club like Rangers.

"I welcome all the new signings, but they have to take the jersey from me as I certainly don't want to budge and I'll be doing everything I can to keep hold of it."

Lukas Jutkiewicz of Burnley in actionBurnley's Lukas Jutkiewicz played alongside Barton last season

While Halliday has clearly given the idea of competing with Barton for a place in Warburton's side some thought, he may also want to consider the benefit that the one-time England international's presence will have on his own game.

The former Queens Park Rangers man brings with him a huge amount of experience, and he will surely be willing to pass that on to his teammate which should enable Halliday to take his game to the next level. 

Burnley's Joey Barton

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