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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."

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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

Former QPR captain Joey Barton heading to West Ham

Barton looks set to join West Ham. Credit: PA

Former QPR captain Joey Barton is undergoing a medical at West Ham today, according to Sky Sports News.

The 32 year-old midfielder is a free agent after being released by Rangers following their relegation to the Championship last season.

It would be a good move for the ex-Newcastle man, who had been linked with Leeds United earlier in the summer.

Barton was in the stands for Bournemouth's first ever Premier League match against Aston Villa on Saturday, sparking rumours of a move to the top flight's other claret and blue club.

Some of his old team-mates at QPR, meanwhile, suffered defeat on their opening day in the Championship after a disappointing display at Charlton.

Joey Barton wanted to throw 'bad eggs' out at QPR

QPR are likely to be relegated this weekend. Credit: PA

Joey Barton admits there are "one or two bad eggs" he would have thrown out of QPR by now as the club faces up to relegation.

Barton's QPR side could have their fate sealed today without kicking a ball, but are more likely to drop into the Championship by failing to beat Man City on Sunday.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the former Newcastle midfielder claimed:

There's a few people who need to have a good look at themselves. Whatever happens on Sunday and the next two games, you have to be able to look at yourself in the mirror and say I did everything I can. Some people haven't done that.

On the whole, the dressing room has turned up and given everything. One or two bad eggs have spoiled it. If it had been done my way, they would have been out of the building straight away.

– Joey Barton speaking to Sky Sports

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