By Will Butcher
Joey Barton is training with former side Burnley after being released by Rangers, according to manager Sean Dyche.
The veteran midfielder was shown the exit door by Rangers chiefs earlier this month following a training ground incident with midfield teammate Andy Halliday.
Barton had been allowed to return to Rangers training, but that lasted just two days before he came to an agreement with the Scottish club over a settlement.
Chris Boden, the sports editor of the Burnley Express, revealed on his personal Twitter account that Burnley boss Sean Dyche had told him that Barton was now back with the Clarets.
Dyche revealed that the controversial ex-Rangers star is training with his Premier League side to regain his fitness, after leaving Burnley to join the Gers in the summer.
The former Manchester City and Newcastle star is yet to be allowed to train with the first team, but could be allowed to join his old teammates sooner rather than later.
Barton, 34, played an integral part in Burnley’s successes last term, as they regained promotion to the Premier League at the first attempt by winning the Championship.
One-time England international Barton even scooped Burnley’s Player of the Season award before making the surprise leap to Glasgow, which has ended in tatters.
Barton is also carrying a one-match suspension after placing 44 separate bets as a Gers player, including backing Barcelona to score a number of goals during their 7-0 win over Old Firm rivals Celtic.
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