Joey Barton has never been away from controversy throughout his career and this has not changed even after his move to Scottish football.
The former Manchester City and Newcastle United midfielder joined the Rangers on a two-year contract after leaving Burnley at the end of last season. Unsure about his chances in the starting line-up of Burnley as they were promoted to the Premier League, but then decided to take the safe route of joining Rangers who had just been promoted from the Championship. However, Barton was always going to get even more attention than at Burnley as one of the big clubs in Scotland.
This has proved to be the case after the recent mauling at the hands of arch rivals Celtic. The return of the old firm derby was met with great excitement during the weekend, but the final result proved catastrophic for Rangers and their supporters. A 5-1 loss against their arch rivals away from home meant that Rangers did not have the best of return travels. It is understood that there was a heated exchange in the Rangers dressing room after the game, and there was a war of words between Barton and Andy Halliday. Due to the choice of words, Barton has now been suspended from training until Monday.
“Some of the things I said were inappropriate and for that I apologise unreservedly.There were only words involved in the disagreement. Nevertheless, some of the words used did overstep the mark. I regret what happened and on Monday I will report for training and I will do what it takes to help the team draw a line under it so that we can get back to the task at hand. I cannot, however, apologise for caring deeply about winning and for wanting to perform better myself and for Rangers to do much better,” said Barton.