Joey Barton was over the moon when he signed for Rangers in the summer.
“When I first found out there was an opportunity to come here, that got the blood pumping," Barton told the club’s website.
"I'm fully aware of the situation the club has been in for the last few years but to be part of a group that is going to put this club back where it belongs was an opportunity, that if I didn't take, I would probably have regretted it for the rest of my life."
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Less than six months later, Barton is no longer a Rangers player.
The Scottish club announced that they had terminated Barton’s contract with immediate effect.
Trouble began for the former Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers midfielder when he was involved in a training ground altercation following Rangers’ 5-1 defeat to Celtic in September.
That led to Barton being suspended by the club. But more problems were to follow.
Last month, the 34-year-old was charged by the Scottish Football Association for allegedly betting on 44 matches, including Celtic’s Champions League game against Barcelona on September 13.
Barton was recently signed off by Rangers with stress and today, his exit has been confirmed.
He took to Twitter to thank the fans.
“I’d like to thank the supporters of Rangers for their incredible support during my time at the club,” he wrote. “Wish you all the best for the future.”
In his autobiography, Barton expressed a desire to enter the world of football coaching. Now could be the time for him to make that move.
His football career has been a rollercoaster ride. There are the high points - being capped by England and winning promotion to the Premier League with Newcastle, QPR and Burnley - and the regrettable moments - receiving a 12-match ban for elbowing Carlos Tevez and kicking Sergio Aguero and assaulting Man City teammate Ousmane Dabo.
Barton may no longer be a Rangers player, but it’ll be a while before he’s out of the spotlight.
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