By Dominic Toner
Rangers have terminate the contact of midfielder Joey Barton – and the club’s supporters have expressed their relief with the news.
Rangers have confirmed on their official website that Barton is no longer their player and refused to comment on any settlements.
The Scottish Sun have claimed that Rangers will pay the Englishman £250,000 to leave because his deal was set to expire in the summer of 2018.
The 34-year-old has finally ended his torrid stay at Ibrox after a spate of negative incidents with the club.
The club’s fans have voiced their embarrassment over the whole scenario and are pleased that it has come to an end.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
@RangersFC Not too impressed how 'we as a club' dealt with this. Looked shambolic & amateurish TBH.
Let's now focus on the football
— RTID (@ScottSmcg10) November 10, 2016
— Big Goian (@BigDorinGoian) November 10, 2016
@RangersFC absolute shambles from both sides
— Gordon Wilson (@GordonW25) November 10, 2016
@RangersFC What a complete waste of time, money and effort. 😷🤔
— CeeMac (@Cee_Mac) November 10, 2016
@RangersFC get in there
— Ross Fiske (@fiskeyyyyyyy) November 10, 2016
— Stephen Donald (@ukstephd) November 10, 2016
@RangersFC 👏Sad sorry disruptive affair. Off the pace and off the wage bill. Disappointed thought Mr B would provide some experience 2 squad
— Stew (@stewie11221) November 10, 2016
@RangersFC let's never speak of this again. 😏
— ⓄⓇⓉⒾⓏ (@Ortiz_rfc) November 10, 2016
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 leave Rangers having made just eight appearances for the club and 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.