By Harvey Byrne
BT Sport pundit and former Celtic striker Chris Sutton believes that Mark Warburton could have dealt with the Joey Barton situation better, describing it as “embarassing” and stating the manger looked like “a small child.”
The 34-year-old midfielder was suspended by Rangers for three weeks in September following a training ground argument with team-mate Andy Halliday.
The experienced midfielder had made eight appearances for the Scottish giants before his suspension, but he hasn’t featured for the club since and was left out of the squad to face Inverness on Friday evening.
Now Sutton, who was a pundit for BT for clash against Inverness has stated that manager Warburton could have handled the whole saga better.
“With the greatest of respect to Mark Warburton, I just feel he could have dealt with this much better,” said Sutton on BT Sport’s pre-kick off. “Managers who I played with would have nipped this in the bud at source.
“Just letting this fester for another week has left everything open to interpretation. I don’t think Joey Barton hit somebody, so if it’s words why don’t you get Joey Barton in your office, tell him to go train with the kids, train for a week and take all of this speculation away.
“It’s just festering and you know, the press conference in the week was embarrassing, the manager was made to look like a small child and that isn’t on.”
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) October 14, 2016
Rangers recorded a 1-0 victory over Inverness with veteran striker Kenny Miller scoring his 100th goal for the club.
The Ibrox side now sit in third place with 15 points from their opening nine league fixtures.
They face their fiercest rivals Celtic next Sunday in a League Cup semi-final clash, which Rangers will be looking to avenge a humiliating 5-1 defeat suffered earlier in the campaign.
In other Rangers news, fans took to Twitter to celebrate Miller’s 100th goal for the club.