Following his recently ended suspension from playing with the team, Joey Barton has returned back to the Murray Park, Rangers training ground to join up in training with the other players of the club’s under-20s.
The Glasgow giants had earlier on Wednesday, confirmed that the midfielder would return to the side for full time training.
It could be recalled that a blazing row with boss, Mark Waburton and teammate Andy Halliday, led to the suspension of the former Burnley and QPR midfielder. This came after a 5-1 defeat suffered by the club on 10th September, at the hands of rivals, Celtic.
A statement issued by the club’smanagement read thus,
“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.”
At first, the suspension was just for seven days. But with Barton’s refusal to apologize, and then going ahead to grant an unsanctioned live radio interview, it was extended to a three weeks suspension.
Barton had joined Rangers from Burnley just during summer,thereby signing atwo-yeardealinJuly,which has been reported to be worthabout£20,000aweek. This was after he had rejecteda£35,000-a-weekoffermade to him from Burnley.
Barton who had hopes of becoming the best player in Scotland, is yet to fulfill that dream as he has failed to make much of an impact after eight appearances since joining Rangers.
Sunday would see the team travel to RossCounty which is their first fixture since the recall of the Barton. However, he would not be included in the squad. Rangers are currently nine points behindCeltics in the Scottish Premiership.