Former Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has admitted that he could have handled his situation at Ibrox far better than he did, after a short and unsuccessful spell in Glasgow.

The new Fleetwood manager was suspended by the club after a training ground bust-up with Andy Halliday following a poor performance in a 5-1 loss to Celtic in September 2016, and he departed the club not long after.

Barton believes that the club had no choice to get rid of him.

“I had solutions but I didn’t have enough power. I wasn’t the manager” he said, as quoted by the Herald.

“But I was a player and when it comes to a head and its either the player or the manager then usually the player goes and in that case that happened.

“Rangers is a great club and I would loved to have been successful there. It didn’t work out and I have to live with that for the rest of my days.”

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Football Insider verdict

Joey Barton is certainly an interesting character, and his latest comments throw some sort of light on his personality. The ‘solutions’ he talks about aren’t very clear, but he is correct about there being only ‘one winner’ when a manager and a player clash, as was the case between him and Mark Warburton. If Barton had been able to do his talking on the pitch then perhaps it would have been a different story, but his performance in the 5-1 loss to Celtic was so poor that he was never going to recover. Hopefully for the sake of the Gers, new boss Steven Gerrard would shy away from signing controversial figures like Barton certainly is. There was always a danger that the move for Barton would end in tears, and that is how it turned out. Barton seems like the type of player that current Gers director of football Mark Allen would not have signed, and he can’t be blamed for that.

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