Former Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton has been charged with betting offences.

The Scottish Football Association have announced that Barton is accused of betting on 44 different football matches.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between 1 July 2016 and 15 September 2016.

The last game he was involved in was the 5-1 hammering at Celtic which took place on 10 September 2016.

Joey Barton, now aged 34, joined Rangers this summer after becoming a free agent at the end of his contract at Burnley.

Currently suspended from playing by the Glasgow club, Barton has until 12 October 2016 to respond to the charges – a hearing is set for 27 October 2016.

You may also have heard that Joey Barton also has a book out at the minute…