Barton agreed a deal to join Rangers this week and could complete the move to Ibrox within the next 24 hours.
The midfielder had offers from both Burnley and Mark Warburton’s side, but chose to make the move to Glasgow ahead of staying at Turf Moor.
His move to the Scottish Premiership brings about an end to a short stint with Sean Dyche’s side, having spent a year in the Championship with them, where he helped guide them back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
And writing on Twitter, he was keen to praise the Burnley support, admitting that the decision to head to turn them down for Rangers was a hard one to make.
Thanks to all the Burnley fans and everyone connected to the club. Amazing support this year that will live with me for a lifetime.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) May 24, 2016
Toughest decision of my professional life to leave an amazing set of people and a phenomenal culture behind.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) May 24, 2016
Club is in a great place on and off the pitch with great custodians at the helm. Thanks again for the opportunity to represent your club.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) May 24, 2016
I was presented with an opportunity and challenge the competitive animal in me just could not turn down. Onwards and upwards now x— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) May 24, 2016
It will now be fascinating to see what kind of impact that Barton can have on Rangers as they head back into the Scottish Premiership.
They are a relatively young side and his experience in the Premier League and beyond could prove vital if they are to challenge Celtic for the title sooner rather than later.