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Rangers permit Barton to return to training

Joey Barton. Credit: PA

Joey Barton is set to return to Rangers after the club announced the conclusion of the midfielder's disciplinary procedure.

The 34-year-old was banished from the club after a training-ground bust-up with boss Mark Warburton in the wake of September's 5-1 Old Firm drubbing by Celtic.

But it appears the end of his suspension is only aimed at allowing him to work on his fitness ahead of an expected January departure.

Rangers said in a statement: "Joey Barton has been told he will return to full-time training following the conclusion of a disciplinary procedure.

"The Auchenhowie management team will inform the player of appropriate training arrangements to which he must adhere for as long as he remains a Rangers player. Neither the club nor the player will comment further."

Rangers extend Barton's suspension by one week

Joey Barton's career at Rangers appears to be all but over. Credit: PA

Rangers have decided to extend Joey Barton's suspension from the club by an extra week as a "formal disciplinary procedure" continues.

Barton was due to report for training on Monday after serving a month-long ban imposed by the club in the wake of a row with manager Mark Warburton and teammate Andy Halliday.

Joey Barton has been informed that his suspension by the club has been extended by one week.

This is part of a formal disciplinary procedure and Joey has been instructed not return to Ibrox or Auchenhowie [training ground] until further notice.

Neither party [the club and player] will make any further statement or comment.

– Rangers club statement


Rangers suspend Barton for training ground row

Barton has been given a three-week suspension. Credit: PA

Rangers have suspended Joey Barton for three weeks in the wake of a training-ground row.

After being banished for most of last week, Barton reported at Ibrox this morning for a meeting with manager Mark Warburton and board members. And his future at the club remains in serious doubt.

A club statement read: "Joey Barton has today been suspended by the club and will not return to Ibrox or Auchenhowie for a period of three weeks.

"The manager, Mark Warburton, and club believe that time and space is required for both the club and the player to assess all that has happened.

"Neither party will make any further statement or comment on this issue."

Joey Barton seduced by Rangers history

Joey Barton admits he was seduced by the notion of playing for Rangers after knocking back the English Premier League's millions.

Barton will play for Rangers in Scotland next season. Credit: PA

The 33-year-old could have stayed on with Burnley after helping Sean Dyche's men to the Championship title but has instead penned a two-year deal with Gers.

The midfielder has foregone a lucrative 12-month deal with the Clarets but Barton insists it is the history of the Ibrox side and the lure of challenging for trophies which persuaded him north.

And a week after being given a guided tour of both Ibrox and the club's training base, he has now promised to help deliver more silverware to the club's famous trophy room as Mark Warburton's men gear up for their return to the Ladbrokes Premiership.

He said:

I came up here a week ago and I was just blown away by the history and tradition in the stadium. That is really seductive for someone like myself, who is a football man.

I had a great tour guide in [assistant boss] Davie Weir. As soon as I walked into the trophy room and saw the portrait of Bill Struth and the 54 pennants on the wall I was just bitten.

When I saw what had gone before and when I spoke to the gaffer here and saw what an exciting future this football club could have, I thought it was an opportunity I just can't turn down.

I had great options on the table. I had a phenomenal year at Burnley but what they are going to do next year is a something I've done before. I had far better financial offers but I swore to myself a long time ago I would never make a career decision based on finance.

– Rangers midfielder Joey Barton
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