By Alex Stevens
Joey Barton’s Rangers career in the balance after he went head-to-head with manager Mark Warburton, according to a report.
The Mirror claim the fiery midfielder was ordered to leave the club’s Murray Park training ground after the pair clashed at the end of a fierce row between Barton and a number of his team-mates.
It is said that Barton, whose career has been littered with unsavoury incidents, argued with a number of his team-mates on Tuesday morning and, when Warburton attempted to intervene, he ended up clashing with the Scouser.
“Barton told some home truths and not all of the boys reacted well,” one source is quoted by the Mirror as saying. “One of them pointed out to Joey that they hardly lost a game last season and had been doing fine without him.
“Barton responded by saying they were playing against s*** teams in a s*** league. But he lost the plot when one of the boys said they managed to also beat Celtic last season without him, and that he hardly got a kick against them at the weekend.
“It was all getting very heated but when Warburton tried to calm it down Barton went head-to-head with him too.
“He left the manager with very little choice and it’s difficult to see how he can come back from this now.”
Barton, 34, who only signed for the Glasgow giants club in July, has not been back at the club’s training complex since Tuesday and is not expected to return until next week, after Saturday’s game against Ross County.
The Scottish Sun claim former Manchester City and Newcastle star has also been warned about his future conduct and instructed to adhere to club rules, or the axe will fall on his short Rangers career.
Rangers have been plunged deeper into crisis after they were hammered 5-1 by Celtic in the first Old Firm derby of the season.
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