By Amir Mir
Rangers are prepared to end Joey Barton’s suspension but only in order to ready him for a January move, according to a report.
The Mail claim that midfielder Barton could part ways with the Ibrox club in January, and they will offer him the chance to train with the development squad to ready himself for the move.
That will mean he has played his last game for the club, with a free-transfer back to Burnley being muted.
The 34-year-old was suspended by the Glasgow giants in September, following an alleged training ground bust-up with teammate Andy Halliday, after the 5-1 defeat to bitter rivals Celtic.
He held lengthy talks with the club’s officials on Thursday, but his future remained unresolved after they were unable to reach a financial settlement with the player.
Barton is reportedly on £20,000-a-week with Rangers following his free-transfer to Ibrox in the summer, after he helped Sean Dyche’s side win promotion to the Premier League.
The Mail claim that Rangers have been unable to construct a solid case of instant dismissal against the player and their delicate financial situation means paying up the remainder of his two-year contract is not an option.
Barton has played on eight occasions for the Gers, but his future with one of Scotland’s biggest clubs seems to be coming to an abrupt end.
In other Rangers team news, former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has given his views on the Joey Barton situation.