The Joey Barton Premier League adventure is set to resume as Barton will head back to familiar territory in the new year.
Joey Barton is on his way back to the Premier League after a disastrous spell at Rangers. Barton's time at Rangers came to an end after a succession of incidents. He was involved in a training-ground bust up with teammate Andy Halliday following Rangers' 5-1 thrashing by Celtic in the Old Firm Derby and then failed to patch things up with manager Mark Warburton, being suspended by the club (then speaking out about the whole affair on Talksport) before then being charged by the SFA for breaching gambling regulations.
It was all rather embarrassing for Barton, who had made no secret of the fact that he intended ruling the roost in the SPL before going over there.
His time in Scotland was in marked contrast with his success at Burnley, where he finished last season as the club's 'Player of the Year' after helping them get promoted to the Premier League. And it is to Turf Moor that Barton will return in the new year, according to the club's website.
Burnley's site contains a statement to this effect:
Joey Barton is set to re-sign for Burnley.
The Clarets have agreed terms with the midfielder on a deal until the end of the season – subject to international clearance once the transfer window opens in January.
Barton, 34, has been training with the Clarets to build up his fitness after leaving Glasgow Rangers in mid-November.
His impending return to Turf Moor will see the former Manchester City, Newcastle and Queens Park Rangers player resume a Burnley career which last season saw him help Sean Dyche’s side win the Championship title.
Barton himself also declared his happiness to be back on twitter:
Its great to be back! #UTC https://t.co/fHe3mNU5ri
— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) December 20, 2016
When he revealed that he was still in the Burnley players' WhatsApp group, it was a done deal, really.