Ex-Rangers captain Barry Ferguson explains why Joey Barton's arrival is so important for Scottish football

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The 33-year-old has agreed to join Mark Warburton's Glasgow Rangers side.

Burnley's Joey BartonJoey Barton

Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has admitted that he is a fan of Joey Barton's outspoken character and insisted that he is the kind of person that the Scottish Premiership has needed because of it, the Daily Record reports.

The 33-year-old only joined Mark Warburton's side at the start of the summer, but he took little time to endear himself to Gers supporters, while also angering many Celtic fans, by suggesting that the gulf in class between himself and Hoops skipper Scott Brown was considerable.

Celtic's Scott BrownBarton has taken little time to make himself known to Celtic's Scott Brown

And while some associated with the Light Blues may have preferred Barton to keep quiet until he had backed it up on the pitch, Ferguson has suggested that the former Burnley man has breathed new life into the league with his comments.

"These guys bring something completely different to Scottish football as there has been a lack of colour and characters," he told the Record.

"Barton is a great addition in that respect, he's an outspoken guy, that's a quality which I quite like.

"He speaks about how he feels, whatever's on his mind will be let out and I've no problem with that.

"Our game needs a bit of an edge, there's no holding back with Joey and that should make things interesting."

Burnley's Joey Barton

With Barton being such an interesting, and sometimes controversial, character, the game in Scotland is surely going to be boosted by his presence as there will always be an intrigue about what he is saying and whether he is delivering on the pitch.

That intrigue should result in more people following the top flight closely. And if the midfielder is capable of replicating the form he showed at Turf Moor last season for his new club, then it seems likely that those looking from the outside - both players and fans alike - will be a lot more interested in the division as a whole, which should only strengthen the standard of football that is on show. 

Burnley's Joey Barton

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