By Alex Stevens
John Collins has ripped into Joey Barton after his Rangers spell ended in ignominy on Thursday.
The Scottish giants confirmed on their official website that the midfielder’s contract had been terminated just four months after he joined the club.
The Scottish Sun have claimed that Rangers will pay the Englishman a settlement of £250,000 because his deal was set to run until the summer of 2018.
Celtic legend Collins, who was the assistant manager to Ronny Deila until May of this year, delivered a withering assessment of Barton’s time in Scotland.
“It was a disappointing signing for Rangers, that’s for sure,” Collins told Radio Five Live on Thursday evening. “They probably gave him a very good contract, expected him to come up and control games. He got off to a poor start.
“First and foremost, he talked too much, talked about what he was going to do to Scott Brown instead of doing what good footballers do, which is to let their feet do the talking.
“He never produced and, obviously, something has happened at the training ground. He has said too much to the manager, spoke to him in the wrong way and the manager has decided he was not having it.
“Mark Warburton will hold his hand up and, say, ‘bad signing by me’.”
The 34-year-old has finally ended his torrid stay at Ibrox after a spate of negative incidents with the club.
Barton was first suspended by Rangers in September after a bust-up with Andy Halliday in training, which took place in the wake of the humiliation 5-1 defeat to Old Firm rivals Celtic.
His exile continued following allegations from the Scottish Football Association that he broke betting rules between 1 July and 15 September, with the 34-year-old scheduled to face a judicial panel on 17 November.
He leaves Rangers having made just eight appearances for the club in which he failed to register a goal or an assist.
Manager Mark Warburton has settled on his midfield trio in the absence of Barton, with Halliday, Jason Holt and Josh Windass forming a strong partnership.
In other Rangers news, they are lining up a 21-year-old to replace Barton with Warburton prepared to make an offer.