JOEY BARTON believes he’s entering an excellent football environment after putting pen to paper on a two year deal earlier today.
The 33 year-old midfielder becomes Mark Warburton’s fourth summer signing, and Barton has been mightily impressed with what he has seen of the Light Blues so far this season.
He explained: “I have watched them on a number of occasions. I am a football man, and someone who is completely obsessed with football all over the world – I watch it constantly.
“I watched Saturday’s game with a lot more of a keen eye as I knew in my mind I had made a decision, and I wanted to be a part of this great football club.
“You can only see so much on a matchday, but you learn a lot about your teammates in training when you are in and around them on a daily basis.
“I always think a team reflects what they do on a daily basis, and there are some incredibly positive things happening here – you can see the way the team carries itself and the performances and results they have had up to this point.
“I’m sure everyone at the football club – and certainly I include myself – is aware going into the top flight it’s going to be no cakewalk as football tends not to have a great deal of respect for history and tradition, and what you have done in the past – it’s about being in the moment and being in the present, and I can’t wait for the challenge to begin and to get out on the training pitch to start putting in the hard work which is what is required of us to take this club back to where it belongs.
“I want to be part of a successful collective. You are only as good as your teammates here, and this is far from only being about one individual or one person.
“This team here now is a sum of the collective and they have some great traits within the team, and hopefully I can come in and add to that.
“I am obviously aware that it won’t be a case of me walking in the building and going straight into the team. There are some very good players here and the way you train and go about your business can hopefully put a marker down as what you’re about as a professional and as a human being.
“If that contributes positively to the group, and it always has done in the past, then I am very confident that this will be a phenomenal period of my football career.”
Barton is, of course, one of Twitter’s biggest personalities, but he dismissed any notion of his signing raising the club’s profile even higher than it is already.
He continued: “Rangers Football Club doesn’t need me to raise its profile. It is a huge establishment and is one of the powerhouses of British football, regardless of what has happened in recent history – that’s irrelevant and when you have hundreds of years of history as this great club has, you don’t need someone on social media raising its profile.”