By Harvey Byrne

BT Sport pundit and former Celtic striker Chris Sutton believes that Mark Warburton should include Joey Barton in his squad, describing the experienced midfielder as a “top footballer.”

The 34-year-old midfielder was suspended by Rangers for three weeks in September following a training ground argument with team-mate Andy Halliday.

Barton 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 St Johnston on Wednesday evening.

Now Sutton, who was a pundit for BT during Celtic’s match against Ross County has stated that the controversial midfielder “could come back” and help the Rangers team.

“If I was Mark Warburton I would want all of the help I could get,” said Sutton while appearing on BT Sport. “Joey Barton hasn’t covered himself in glory with the stuff he’s said and he hasn’t played brilliantly, but Joey Barton is still a top footballer and he could come back and help this Rangers team.”

He continued to the rest of the pundits asking: “If you were Mark Warburton, why wouldn’t you take him?”

Rangers are currently level at half-time with a 1-1 score line in their clash at Ibrox against St Johnstone with Blair Alston opening the scoring and Joe Garner scoring the equaliser.

The Scottish giants will be keen to earn the three points as they look to compete with fierce Glaswegian rivals Celtic, who are close to running away with the league title.

In other Rangers now, their fringe player has delivered an honest verdict on his role in the squad.