Joey Barton’s ill-fated spell at Rangers ends after just 6 months
Joey Barton’s ill-fated stint in Scottish football is over after less than six months. The hot-headed and outspoken English midfielder had his contract terminated by Rangers yesterday, seven weeks after being suspended by the Glasgow club over a trainingground row with his manager and a teammate. Rangers announced Barton’s departure in a two-sentence statement. Barton left Burnley in the offseason after helping get the team promoted to the English Premier League, and arrived at Ibrox saying he would prove himself to be the best player in Scotland. He made only eight appearances for Rangers. In his last week at the club, he was off work suffering from stress. Barton said yesterday on Twitter “I’d like to thank the supporters of Rangers for their incredible support during my time at the club.” Barton has had a controversial career, including spending 77 days in jail in 2008 after a street fight in Liverpool. In 2012, while playing for Queens Park Rangers, Barton was suspended for 12 matches for violent conduct during a Premier League game. It led to Barton being sent out on loan to French club Marseille.