By Amir Mir

Chris Sutton believes getting Rangers outcast Joey Barton back on the pitch is the “best option” for the club, following their decision to keep the controversial player away from Ibrox.

Midfielder Barton held lengthy talks with Gers officials on Thursday, but the former Premier League player remains suspended by the Scottish club.

The 34-year-old has not played for Mark Warburton’s side following an alleged training ground incident, with teammate Andy Halliday following the 5-1 defeat to Old Firm rivals Celtic.

But former Bhoys striker Sutton has given his thoughts on the continued Barton suspension, as he explained why manager Warburton should get him back on the pitch.

“Surely getting Joey Barton back on the pitch is an option? Best chance of results is to play your best players,” Sutton wrote on his personal Twitter account.

Barton won promotion with Sean Dyche’s Burnley last season, but decided to leave the Premier League outfit, after his contract expired, for life in Scotland’s top-tier.

He signed a two-year deal with Rangers in the summer and has played eight games for the Glasgow giants.

However, he has not appeared for the club since September, as his career in Scotland seemingly looks like it will now come to an abrupt end.

In other Rangers team news, manager Mark Warburton has given a stern response following criticism.