By Harvey Byrne

Former Premier League midfielder Curtis Woodhouse believes that Rangers have allowed Joey Barton back as the PFA haven’t allowed the Scotland giants to sack him.

It was revealed on Wednesday that Mark Warburton’s side had allowed the 34-year-old to return to full-time training, but with the club’s academy players following a traning groud bust up with teammate Andy Halliday in September.

Now Woodhouse, has stated on his personal Twitter account that he believes that the club have allowed Barton to return in a small capacity as the PFA don’t believe they have the grounds to relive the controversial midfielder of his contract.

Woodhous, 36, has a 15-year professional career playing for clubs such as Sheffield United, Hull, Peterborough and Birmingham in the Premier League.

He will be aware of how the PFA work having stayed in the game post his retirement as a manager in the lower levels of English football.

The PFA have also offered Barton help in the past following a training ground incident with former Manchester City teammate Ousmane Dabo.

Barton is no stranger to controversy after receiving the Premier League’s second largest ban of 12 matches following his actions after a red card against Manchester City, as well as serving jail time during his Newcastle days.

It is considered a risk for any club to take on the midfielder and this latest incident will have not helped his reputation.

In other Rangers news, fans have taken to Twitter to express their dismay at seeing Niko Kranjcar ruled out for the rest of the season.