MARK Warburton has admitted it is up to Rangers to sell itself to Joey Barton if they are to lure the sought after midfielder to Ibrox.

Barton, who won the English Championship with Burnley just two weeks ago, met with Warburton’s assistant David Weir last weekend.

The Gers manager also confirmed that European football is not a necessity for the former Manchester City and Newcastle United man.

Warburton said:

“Joey is a player who will have many, many suitors I’m sure. Our job is to sell the opportunity that Rangers represents.”

“We’re never going to compete with wages down south, that’s an obvious point to highlight.

“But if we can show what we are as a club, the support, the history, the stature of the club and what our aspirations and targets are then hopefully any player will find that appealing.”

“If they do hopefully we can conclude business. If not, we move on.”

The 33-year-old travelled to Scotland last Saturday after being named in the PFA Championship team of the season.

His one-year-deal with the Clarets has now come to an end and he is considering his options, with Warburton highly complimentary of the out-spoken footballer.

The Light Blues manager said: “We were delighted to welcome Joey to Glasgow last weekend.

“He’s a very experienced, a very combative and highly intelligent footballer, so we were delighted to talk to him.”

“I’m sure he will have many suitors but our hope is that we can get it over the line.”

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