By Will Butcher
Rangers midfielder Joey Barton could be set to pocket £2million in compensation if he is forced to end his stay at Ibrox prematurely, according to a report.
The 34-year-old is currently at the end of a month-long ban from Ibrox and the club’s Auchenhowie training base following a bust up with midfield teammate Andy Halliday after the 5-1 drubbing against Old Firm rivals Celtic.
The Sun reported in Monday’s paper (page 52) that the former Manchester City man could be set to receive a huge payout, if the Gers can’t produce a good enough reason for ending his contract.
The one-time England international has endured a dismal start to his Rangers career since signing a two-year contract, which is believed to be worth £20,000 a week.
Barton, who has also had spells with the likes of Newcastle, QPR and Burnley, was set to return to training on Monday but the Gers opted to extend his ban for a further week as they decide what to do with the combative midfielder.
As well as the training ground altercation with Halliday, Barton has also been charged with gambling on 44 separate matches by the Scottish Football Association following an investigation by the gambling commission.
Barton has also been heavily criticised by Rangers fans after a poor start to life on the pitch, just months after winning Burnley’s Player of the Year award in their Championship-winning season.
In other Rangers news, Warburton is braced for offers as this Championship club look to sign Martyn Waghorn.