By Harvey Byrne
Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has spent 10 days at a boot camp in Qatar as he looks to save his career at Ibrox, according to a report.
The Daily Record claims that the 34-year-old secretly left his family behind in Scotland last week in order to sign up for a gruelling fitness regime at a state-of-the-art facility.
The controversial midfielder received a three-week suspension from manager Mark Warburton in September following a training ground argument with team-mate Andy Halliday after a 5-1 loss suffered at the hands of fierce rivals Celtic.
It is stated that he will return to the club’s training ground on Monday morning for a make-or-break meeting with Warburton following the incident.
With fears that his two-year contract may be terminated at Ibrox, the Record understands that Barton has been training alone three times a day in temperatures tipping 100 degrees as he attempts to get back into top shape ahead of his return to Auchenhowie.
The midfielder has also paid for the trip out of his own pocket as part of an effort to show Warburton he wants to stay at the Scotland giants.
However, the report states that Barton is likely to be hit with a one-game ban by the SFA after being probed by the Gambling Commission and accused of placing 44 bets on football matches during his first two months in Glasgow.
Barton helped Burnley return to the Premier League in the last campaign and was named the club’s player of the season.
He made eight appearances for Warburton’s side before the incident, with Rangers sat in fifth place in the league and preparing for a clash against Inverness on Friday.
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