Clarets midfielder Joey Barton hints at Rangers move

Midfielder Joey Barton has insinuated that a move to SPL newcomers Rangers could be edging closer.

Monday, 23rd May 2016, 10:55 am
Updated Monday, 23rd May 2016, 12:06 pm
Joey Barton is Burnley's player of the season

The 33-year-old tweeted lyrics from Bob Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' followed by the hashtag 'WATP', referring to 'We Are The People', an acronym associated with the 54-time Scottish champions.

In consecutive posts on the social media site, Barton wrote: "When you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose. You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal..."

That was followed by: "How does it feel? How does it feel? To be without a home, like a complete unknown. Like a Rolling Stone."

The former Manchester City, Newcastle United and Marseille man has been offered new terms at Turf Moor, with his current deal expiring in the summer.

However, the deal at Ibrox is believed to be preferable for him at present with a three-year stay being put on the table.

After the Clarets claimed promotion to the Premier League with a 1-0 win over QPR, Barton had said: “The club made me an offer about six weeks ago and I said ‘look, it’s far too late in the season, my mind is winning on the Championship, let’s get over the line, pat ourselves on the back and then sit down’.

“There’s a desire for me to be here, that hasn’t changed, but at 33, stroke 34, I don’t know whether I want to stay for a year, that’s the reality of it.

“We’ll sit down and negotiate, I’d like to stay here longer.

“At this stage of my career it’s not financial, there’s no financial angle for me, I just want a bit of stability.

“My eldest child is about to start school so I want to put some roots down somewhere.

“If Burnley want me here great, if not then I’m summising that there’ll be one or two options."

Barton, despite his cryptic offerings, still hasn't committed to any deal put in front of him as the saga surrounding his future continues.