When Joey Barton signed for Rangers during the summer it was viewed as a real coup by the club. Barton had been a key part of the Burnley side which won promotion to the Premier League. He was named in the Championship Team of the Year. Burnley wanted to retain his services but instead the 34-year-old decided on a move to the Scottish Premiership
It's now a month since he played with the club. Days after Rangers' 5-1 loss to Celtic, Barton was involved in an altercation with teammate Andy Halliday and manager Mark Warburton at the Rangers training. He was subsequently suspended. Rangers today, in a statement, announced that the Englishman's suspension has been extended by another week and that he is not allowed into either Ibrox or the training ground.
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 to return to Ibrox or Auchenhowie until further notice.
Neither party (the Club and player) will make any further statement or comment.
Ranger may now feel they need rid of Barton. During the week the Scottish Football Association said that he was being investigated for allegedly placing 44 bets on games between July 1st and September 15th. If they no longer want him at the club, it would be expensive. A £2 million pay-off of his contract would be required.