Rangers winger Barrie McKay outlines Joey Barton influence

Rangers' Clint Hill and Joey Barton look dejected after Burnley's second goal

Glasgow Rangers signed Joey Barton in the summer transfer window.

Joey Barton applauds fans as he is substitutedJoey Barton applauds Rangers fans

Rangers winger Barrie McKay has explained to The Daily Record the impact Joey Barton has made at the club.

Former Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers midfielder Barton joined Rangers in the summer transfer window after leaving Burnley at the end of last season.

The Englishman was one of the best players for Burnley during the 2015-16 campaign and played a key role in them getting automatic promotion to the Premier League.

McKay, who is just 21 years of age and is regarded as one of the best young players in Scotland, has spoken highly of Barton.

The Scotland international has outlined the impact the 33-year-old midfielder is having on the Rangers team.

Rangers' Barrie McKay (R) in action with Livingston's Jackson LongridgeRangers' Barrie McKay (R) in action with Jackson Longridge

“He’s beginning to grow in influence on the team,” McKay told The Daily Record about Barton. “He’s a very lively character and has a lot of time for everyone in the team.

“He speaks with everyone and isn’t just associated with the new boys. He is a ball winner and isn’t scared to put in a challenge and he can play as well.”

Barry McKay celebrates with James Tavernier after scoring the second goal for RangersBarry McKay celebrates with James Tavernier after scoring for Rangers

Rangers kicked off their 2016-17 Scottish Premiership campaign with a disappointing 1-1 draw with Hamilton Academical at home at the weekend.

Ali Crawford put visiting Hamilton in the lead on the half-hour mark at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon, and Martyn Waghorn restored parity for Rangers just past the hour mark.

The Glasgow giants will return to action on Tuesday evening when they take on Peterhead in the second round of the Scottish League Cup.

Rangers' Joey Barton in action with Burnley's Dean MarneyRangers' Joey Barton in action with Dean Marney

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