By Alex Stevens
Joey Barton will not report back for training at Rangers on Monday and is unlikely to play for the club again, according to a report.
The BBC Sport website claims that talks between Barton and the Ibrox club have reached a stalement as the likelihood grows that his spell in Glasgow is coming to an end.
The midfielder, 34, was suspended over a training ground row in September and has since been charged by the Scottish FA for breaching gambling rules.
Barton, who remains on full pay after signing a two-year contract in the summer, was asked to attend a hearing at the Scottish Premiership club but refused.
Barton was expected to report back with the Scottish giants on Monday of next week following his three week ban by the club, but his future with them is now even further in doubt.
The English midfielder was suspended in September after a bust-up with teammate Andy Halliday in training as the player’s reviewed the club’s humiliating 5-1 defeat to rivals Celtic.
The former Manchester City and QPR midfielder is well known for his competitive edge both on and off the pitch.
Barton made eight appearances for Rangers before his suspension and his only defeat came against Celtic.
Manager Mark Warburton has settled on a midfield trio of Halliday, Niko Kranjcar and Jason Holt in his absence.
Rangers’ next fixture see’s them take on the Hoops in the Scottish League Cup semi-final next Sunday.
The Gers will be keen to avenge a humiliating 5-1 defeat suffered at the hands of their greatest rivals earlier in the season.
In other Rangers news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter to Niko Kranjcar’s performance against Inverness.