By Harvey Byrne

Joey Barton has been a handed a further three week suspension by Rangers, according to a report.

The official club website revealed on Monday afternoon in a club statement that the 34-year-old midfielder won’t return to Ibrox or Auchenhowie for a period of three weeks.

Barton was originally suspended last Tuesday following a a training ground bust-up with team-mate Andy Halliday last week.

He returned to the club on Monday with talks scheduled with manager Mark Warburton, but it is stated that time and space is needed for both the player and the club.

“Joey Barton has today been suspended by the club and will not return to Ibrox or Auchenhowie for a period of three weeks,” revealed the club website.

“The manager, Mark Warburton, and club believe that time and space is required for both the club and the player to assess all that has happened.

“Neither party will make any further statement or comment on this issue.”

Barton moved to Ibrox from Burnley in the summer, agreeing a two-year deal after winning promotion from the Championship with the Lancashire side.

He was named the Burnley player of the year for the last campaign and it had looked like the midfielder had calmed down after a fiery career.

However, this latest situation may cause the midfielder to leave another club on bad terms following departures from Manchester City and QPR.

Barton had featured in eight fixtures for Rangers following his move, as he looked to become a key part of the Ibrox club’s midfield.

However, his future at the club may now be cast in doubt.

In other Rangers team news, Ibrox fans responded with mixed reactions on Twitter after Barton revealed his turn of events.