This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
Since becoming manager of Glasgow Rangers, Steven Gerrard has made full use of his Premier League connections to add to his squad at Ibrox.
Jermain Defoe, Allan McGregor and Scott Arfield are just three example of those who made the switch from England to Scotland, and all have become important members of the first-team squad. However, before the Liverpudlian took over the role, English exports had not always gone to plan in the last few years – none, though, failed quite as spectacularly as Joey Barton.
The 37-year-old had a long career in the Premier League before moving to the Gers. He had made 255 appearances in the division for three sides, whilst he had also had a spell at Marseille. He had encountered plenty of controversy off the pitch, true, but there was no doubting his experience. On a free transfer, even at £20,000 a week in wages, it looked to be a clever deal.
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However, it soon turned into a nightmare. After completing the switch in the summer of 2016, Barton made a grand total of eight appearances – he lasted just four months at the club before departing. His last appearance for the Gers came in the 5-1 defeat to Celtic in the Old Firm, after which he was involved in a bust-up with teammate Andy Halliday and manager Mark Warburton. That led to an eight-week suspension, during which time he was also found guilty of breaching betting rules.
On November 10, the Gers were finally able to draw a line under the whole saga, as Barton left the club on a free transfer. He spent 133 days at the club, picking up £380,000 in wages – that worked out at £47,000 per game – based on his £20k-a-week salary. Whilst Gerrard may not have been at the club at the time, he can certainly learn from the mistakes that were made – not all players from the Premier League are cut out for the pressure of Rangers Football Club.
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