Harry Redknapp backs Joey Barton to be huge influence on pitch and in dressing room at Rangers

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Harry Redknapp insists new Rangers midfielder Joey Barton will be a huge influence on the pitch and in the dressing room.

The Englishman worked with the 33-year-old at Queens Park Rangers and despite admitting that Barton can cause ‘aggro’, Redknapp expects Barton to shine under Mark Warburton and Davie Weir at Ibrox.

The playmaker signed a two-year deal with Rangers last week after his contract at English Championship winners Burnley expired.

(Pic: Brian Minkoff)
Barton played under Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers (Pic: Brian Minkoff)

Redknapp, speaking to the BBC, said: “Joey Barton is a leader on the pitch and in the dressing room.

“I recommended him. Burnley rang me about him. (Manager) Sean Dyche called and asked me about Joey and I said I would take him.

“He’ll have his mood swings and if things don’t go his way, there can be aggro. But, he wants to win.

“He’s a real student of the game. He’ll watch a million games. He’ll be all over the place watching other teams play. He’s interested in football. He’ll watch every game on TV.

“He doesn’t hold back. He’s got strong opinions on the game. He gets people going. He’ll be a big voice in that dressing room.

“He’s got a real good understanding of football and his role in the game. You give him a job to do and he’ll do the job.

“He was as good as anybody defending corners. The amount of balls he headed out the box when I had him, he did his job in the right position that you put him in.

“He’ll be a good player for Rangers, I’m sure he will. I’m sure manager Mark Warburton will get the best out of him.”

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