Rangers hero names current star he'd have liked to have played alongside

General View of Ibrox Stadium

Ian Durrant was, until recently, part of Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton's backroom team at Ibrox.

Burnley's Joey BartonJoey Barton

Ian Durrant has admitted that he would have liked to have been part of the same team as Rangers summer signing Joey Barton, the Evening Times reports.

The 33-year-old arrived at Ibrox in the summer, and while he has only played half an hour of competitive football for his new club, there is a sense of expectation about the impact he will make, partly due to his reputation, but also because of the form he showed in the Championship last season with Burnley.

Burnley's Joey Barton

And Durrant - whose 25 year association with the Light Blues came to an end this summer after he was released as a coach - appears to be equally excited to see what Barton can do during his time in the Scottish Premiership.

"You have seen his level of ability throughout his career. He has excellent credentials," he told the Evening Times.

Joey Barton of Burnley

"I might like to have shared a dressing room with him. But we had a few characters so it would be interesting to see if he fitted in."

Considering the calibre of player that was in the dressing room during Durrant's days in the team - the 49-year-old's time at the club saw them go on a run that included winning 10 titles in just 11 years, including nine in a row - it is arguably extremely high praise for him to suggest that he would have liked to have been in the same team as Barton.

Joey Barton celebrates with Clint Hill after scoring the fourth goal for QPR

Although he insists he's a fan of what the midfielder can do on the pitch, his comments appear to suggest that it is his character and attitude that Durrant is a bigger fan of.

That personality would have surely been one of the reasons that Mark Warburton wanted to bring the former Queens Park Rangers man to Ibrox in the first place as he will undoubtedly assume a leadership role that will help get the best out of the rest of the team, and may help put the Gers on the path back towards the summit of the top flight. 

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