Rangers' Danny Wilson (R) in action with Burnley's George Boyd
Rangers defender Danny Wilson has told The Scottish Sun that Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield was 'disappointed' when Joey Barton left for Ibrox.
Midfielder Barton, 33, penned a two-year deal with Rangers back in May, becoming manager Mark Warburton's marquee summer signing in a stunning deal for the Gers upon their return to the Scottish Premiership.
Joey Barton at Burnley
It was particularly a surprise because Barton could've been playing in the Premier League instead. The former Manchester City, Newcastle United and QPR star signed a one-year contract with Burnley last summer, and was the heartbeat of their midfield as they won promotion from the Championship.
With the Premier League calling again, Barton surprisingly turned down a new deal at Turf Moor in order to head to Ibrox, leaving Clarets boss Sean Dyche with a huge hole to fill in midfield.
Burnley’s Scott Arfield and Cardiff City’s Tom Lawrence in action
Ahead of Barton's competitive debut next weekend, Rangers defender Danny Wilson has been discussing the signing in an interview with The Scottish Sun - and shared just how one Burnley star felt when Barton moved to Rangers.
Midfielder Scott Arfield is a former team-mate of Wilson's from their time together in the Scotland Under-21's, and played alongside Barton in the Burnley midfield last season.
According to Wilson, Arfield - now a Canadian international - was 'really disappointed' with Barton's departure, but his words have only made defender Wilson even more excited to play alongside him.
Wilson noted that Barton's experience at the highest level is a major factor for Rangers, and thinks that he will have plenty to offer even at the age of 33, having been impressed with his displays for Burnley in the Championship last season.
"I’ve heard a lot of good things about Joey," said Wilson. "Scott was really disappointed he won’t be at Burnley next year, so their loss is very much our gain. I’m looking forward to working with him. He’s played at a high level and the more of them you have in your team the better."
"He obviously has something to offer Scottish football. I can’t say I watched a lot of Championship football but when I did he stood out," he added.
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