By Alex Stevens
Joey Barton will walk away from Rangers with a £250,000 pay-off, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim the Ibrox club have sealed a pay-off deal to get rid of Joey Barton after the controversial midfielder got a sick note for stress.
It is said that Barton was offered around £250,000 to walk away from his £18,000-a-week deal which runs until summer 2018, and he agreed to take it on Tuesday night.
But the extraordinary saga, which began when the one-time England international had been suspended following a training ground spat with fellow midfielder Andy Halliday, is now almost over with both parties set to sign a pay-off deal on Wednesday.
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Barton, 34, who was banished from Ibrox since the 5-1 Old Firm defeat to Celtic in September, could have held out for significantly more money.
But the Scottish Sun report that Rangers chiefs made it clear they wouldn’t pay him the remainder of his contract, which had 20 months still to run.
That prompted Barton and his advisors to consider their position, before deciding to cut their losses and go.
Rangers fans will be angry that a player who caused such problems in the dressing room has been handed a bumper pay-off simply to leave the club.
The former Manchester City star had returned to training last Thursday, but was told to train with the Rangers’ academy side to work his way back into the good books of manager Mark Warburton.
Barton has had to endure taunts from home and away fans after a dismal start both on and off the pitch.
Poor performances on the pitch have led to calls claiming he was unfit, while an investigation led to Barton being charged for 44 counts of betting after joining Warburton’s side.
The 34-year-old midfielder is no stranger to controversy after receiving the Premier League’s second largest ban of 12 matches following his actions after a red card against Manchester City, as well as serving jail time during his Newcastle days.
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