Joey Bar­ton’s ill-fated spell at Rangers ends af­ter just 6 months

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

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.

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