By Will Butcher
Joey Barton has revealed on Twitter that he will remain a Rangers player when his suspension finishes in three weeks time.
The controversial midfielder also gave fresh perspective on his poor personal form before his ban by saying he was not up to speed after “no pre-season”.
The 34-year-old was suspended from Ibrox and Rangers’ training ground Auchenhowie on Monday for three weeks after a training ground bust-up with fellow midfielder Andy Halliday.
However, the former Manchester City midfielder revealed on his personal Twitter account that he was “not going anywhere” and that he has “never ran away from a challenge in his life.”
Barton, known for his controversial actions during his footballing career, has also come under criticism this season after a string of below-par performances despite being named Burnley’s player of the season last term during their promotion from the Championship.
However, the former Newcastle and QPR midfielder also revealed that he has had to use some of his eight appearances for the Scottish giants as fitness after missing pre-season.
The defiant messages posted by Barton come after a turbulent week for the one-time England international, who is also currently under investigation by the Scottish FA after it was alleged he had placed a bet on Old Firm rivals Celtic.
Action is unlikely to be taken against Barton until the gambling commission submit their findings as they conduct an investigation, with rumours suggesting that the midfielder placed a bet on Celtic to lose heavily to Spanish champions Barcelona.
Rangers face an uphill task without Barton this weekend, as they travel to Pittodrie to face title challengers Aberdeen.
In other Rangers news, Wes Foderingham gave a two-word assessment of his teammate’s finishing.