Joey Barton will have his Rangers contract mutually terminated this week, according to Sky Sports.
Following a two-month suspension for a verbal altercation with Ranger’s boss Mark Warburton, the former Manchester City midfielder has found it almost impossible to re-establish himself in the squad, let alone starting line-up.
The 34-year-old had been signed off from training with stress, while his permanent exit from the club was being negotiated.
Barton is reportedly set to land a hefty payout, with Rangers apparently willing to pay the Merseysider up to 8 weeks wages – £160,000 – in order to terminate his contract with the club.
After being ordered to train with the kids last Thursday and being denied entry to the first-team car park, his exit from the club has been all but confirmed in light of supposed final discussions into effectively how much Rangers will want to pay for Barton to leave.
Barton could realistically return to English football as Burnley and Aston Villa are both meant to be interested in the former England midfielder, who has been capped for his country on one occasion.
With his Rangers nightmare soon to be over, can fans of the Premier League be expected to see the outspoken midfielder battling against the likes of Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante and Jordan Henderson, or will the Championship be his next destination?
Either way it looks like he’s on his way out of Scotland and will no doubt fancy his chances at playing for a mid-table club in England’s top division.