By Will Butcher
Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has called on the Scottish Football Association to give him more time to respond to his gambling charges.
The 34-year-old was charged with gambling on 44 separate matches from July 1 to September 15 this year, and was given until Wednesday to respond to the charge.
However, BBC Sport have revealed that the former Manchester City and Newcastle star has failed to respond and instead requested more time as he mulls over a decision.
Combative midfielder Barton has endured a dismal start in Glasgow both on and off the pitch.
Liverpool-born Barton has been banned for a month from Ibrox and Auchenhowie for a training ground bust up with midfielder Andy Halliday following the Gers 5-1 loss to Old Firm rivals Celtic.
Barton, who was named Burnley’s Player of the Year following the Lancashire-based side’s Championship winning season, has also faced his critics on the pitch with many seeing the one-time England international as unfit.
The midfielder is now set to remain in the spotlight for a longer period, as he requests more time to examine the case brought against him.
Barton’s request will be debated on Thursday, with a hearing set to take place at the end of the month on October 27.
Controversy has followed Barton throughout his career, with the midfielder serving jail time, as well as serving the second longest Premier League ban of 12 matches following his actions after receiving a red card against City.
In other Rangers news, this midfielder could return against Celtic on October 23 after recovering from injury.