By Emma Sanders
Joey Barton is adamant his Rangers career isn’t over, according to a report.
Broadcaster talkSPORT, who are known to have close links with the player, claim Barton has not given up hope of returning to action with the Scottish giants.
It is said the controversial midfielder has undergone extra training sessions on a break in Qatar in an effort to save his Rangers career.
The former Manchester City and QPR midfielder was banned by the Scottish club for three weeks following a training ground altercation, and the suspension was increased by a further week over the weekend by Rangers.
The incident came after the club’s humiliating 5-1 defeat to rivals Celtic and Barton hasn’t appeared for Rangers for a month as a result.
He’s also currently under investigation by the Scottish FA for breaking gambling rules during his time with the Ibrox club.
However, talkSPORT sources claim Barton remains hopeful of an Ibrox return and report he’s taken it upon himself to undergo extra training sessions.
Barton claims he’s fully fit and ready to re-appear for Rangers despite the club extending his ban over the weekend.
Rangers are believed to be considering further disciplinary action but despite missing the last four games, the 34 year-old has done ‘another pre-season’ in order to regain his place.
He has returned to Scotland following a break in the Middle East but his career is up in the air after it’s been reported Rangers could pay off the remainder of the midfielder’s £2million contract.
In other Rangers news, Mark Lawrenson has stated why Barton’s career has been saddled with controversy.