Rangers' Clint Hill and Joey Barton look dejected
Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has revealed to The Glasgow Evening Times what he finds surprising about his teammates.
Former Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers midfielder Barton joined Rangers on a free in the summer transfer window.
The English midfielder is a high-profile signing and is expected to play a key role for the Gers this season.
The 33-year-old has revealed that he has been impressed with his Rangers teammates in training.
Barton has also expressed his surprise at the Rangers players being very critical of themselves during training.
Rangers' Joey Barton in action with Dean Marney
“They are a really exciting, energetic bunch of lads,” Barton told The Glasgow Evening Times. “They train at a good intensity and they take on board what everyone is saying.
“I think sometimes they might be a little bit too critical of themselves which I find surprising. They are probably their own harshest critics but I think you have to be that as a player.
“You have to be able to look at your strengths and weaknesses and look to improve, but I think we’ve got everything we need in this group if we are going to be competitive this season.”
Barton remains a very good footballer despite being 33 years of age and played a key role for Burnley last season.
The former Newcastle midfielder was one of the best players for the Clarets in their promotion-winning 2015-16 Championship campaign.
The midfielder scored three goals and created 29 chances in 38 Championship appearances for Burnley last season.
Barton 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 this season.