Joey Barton has left Rangers Football Club on Thursday after the two parties came to a mutual agreement that he’s an unbearable clown with whom it is impossible to have any sort of working relationship.
The former Manchester City man joined the Glasgow club during the summer after a successful spell with Burnley, but leaves today after a series of disciplinary issues.
The club suspended the 34-year-old in September after a training ground dispute involving teammates and manager Mark Warburton, but thanked him today
“Rangers would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to Joey Barton for his contribution during the last four months,” read the club’s statement. “After a turbulent spell, the club is especially appreciative that we were able to agree that he is a clown, literally one of the most obnoxious footballers we’ve ever worked with, and not even close to the player he believes himself to be.”
“The ego, the weird sense of entitlement, the fucking quotes, leaving Nietzche books around the place with Post-It notes saying ‘You could do with this’ stuck on them, these were but a few of the incidents that we all agreed simply made his position untenable,” the statement added.
At press time, Barton thanked Rangers and its fans for the support they had shown him during his short time at the club, before signing off with the Voltaire quote: “Illusion is the first of all pleasures”.