By Will Butcher
Fans are unimpressed with Joey Barton on Twitter after the Rangers star was given a three-week suspension by the Scottish giants.
The former Burnley man had originally been told not to report for training until Monday, following a spat with teammate Andy Halliday on the training ground.
It’s another controversial moment in Barton’s colourful career, which has included serving prison time for assault and a the Premier League’s second biggest ban of 12 matches for his actions following a red card against Manchester City.
The suspension has come of no surprise to Rangers fans, who are unhappy that Barton has let emotion cloud his judgement once again.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Three weeks to seek legal advice and sack him? I don't see a future now for Barton. Must've been some language used. #Rangers
— Derek Stevenson (@DS_dieci) September 19, 2016
Joey Barton suspended by #Rangers for three weeks. How does a guy so under control last year at Burnley become this so soon after moving?
— Dave Bodymore (@davebodymore) September 19, 2016
Sounds very much to me like Joey Barton is on his way out of #Rangers
— Ross Brownlee (@rossbrownlee1) September 19, 2016
Why is Joey Barton's future such major back page news?
Average player, past his best, building up his pension.#Rangers
— simon alcock (@simongalcock) September 19, 2016
Joey Barton hearing he’s been suspended for three weeks after a training ground bust-up at Rangers last week… pic.twitter.com/wHBhGxLhBL
— Daren Lauda (@DarenLaudaa) September 19, 2016
Joey Barton's always in a madness init lol
— sonny black (@s1_sonny) September 19, 2016
It's becoming harder and harder to be a fan of joey Barton these days
— Tom Apedaile (@Melsquad) September 19, 2016
One fan pointed out that Barton could be trying to be clever, as he prepares to launch his new book entitled “No Nonsense” in three days.
Some decent publicity for Joey Barton's book, this. Straight from the Kanye West model of marketing.
— Rob Conlon (@RobConlon25) September 19, 2016
Former Manchester City and Newcastle midfielder Barton moved to Glasgow this summer in a surprise move after winning the Burnley player of the year award for the last campaign and it had looked like the one-time England international had poured water over a fiery career.
However, his future at the club may now be cast in doubt.