By Emma Sanders

Joey Barton took to Twitter to thank fans for their support following his departure from Rangers.

The former QPR and Newcastle midfielder has not played for the club since their 5-1 defeat against Celtic on 10th September, after being suspended for two months and finally axed.

Barton has always been a controversial figure throughout his football career but took the mature approach this time when he thanked fans and wished them well for the future on Twitter following his departure.

The 34-year-old’s contract was finally terminated after he was suspended by the club following a training ground bust-up and he has also been charged by the SFA after being involved in a gambling scandal.

Rangers confirmed the news on their official website but refused to comment on any settlement.

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The Scottish Sun have claimed Rangers will pay the Englishman £250,000 to leave, with his deal set to expire in the summer of 2018.

In other Rangers news, Celtic fans have reacted to Barton’s departure with amusement on Twitter.