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Joey Barton signs Gers deal

Rangers confirmed the midfielder's signing earlier today after his Burnley deal expired.

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Mark Warburton added a fourth new face to his squad today when the club confirmed the signing of Joey Barton. Barton, who helped Burnley secure promotion back to the Premier League this season, had earlier tweeted several hints he would head north and finally ended weeks of speculation over his future by signing on at Ibrox.

Barton joins Jordan Rossiter, Matt Crooks and Josh Windass as Rangers' summer signings so far and shows Mark Warburton's intent to challenge Brendan Rodgers' Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title. With several players leaving the club over the summer Rangers need to bring in some quality and the signing of ex-England international is a sign that it's more than possible to bring in the necessary standard of player required.

Burnley had offered a new deal to Barton as they look to avoid an immediate return to the Championship however the former Newcastle & Man City midfielder has decided to come to Scotland to as his career reaches it latter stages. At 33 Barton will be expected to use his vast experience to guide Rangers' young side to title number 55 and will be hopeful of securing some silverware in his spell in Govan.

Playing 38 times as Burnley won the Championship title, scoring three times, Barton was named in the Football League XI while also picking up Burnley's Player of the Year award.

Keep checking Got The Battle Fever On throughout the afternoon as Joey Barton speaks for the first time since signing for Rangers.