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Martyn Waghorn won't judge Rangers target Joey Barton by his controversial past

By Staff Reporter

Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn believes Joey Barton should be given a clean slate if he decides to move to Ibrox.

Gers have this week been linked with moves for the 33-year-old Burnley midfielder and his former QPR team-mate Niko Kranjcar.

Boss Mark Warburton is ready to offer Barton the long-term security he is looking for, with a three-year deal on the table.

Barton is no stranger to controversy, having twice been convicted by the courts of acts of violence on top of numerous run-ins with the football authorities.

Warburton has already ruled out signing anyone who will threaten the close-knit team spirit he has built in Glasgow as Gers secured promotion to the Scottish Premiership, but Waghorn (left) is refusing to judge former Manchester City, Newcastle and Marseille man Barton by his past.

He said: "You can't judge somebody from what they have done in the past - you can only see what they are like when they are here in person.

"Joey is a character, he's known for winding people up and getting under their skin - but that's only out on the pitch."

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