By David Woods

23rd Oct, 2016 | 10:01am

Joey Barton posts Twitter message for Rangers ahead of Old Firm derby

By Alex Stevens

Rangers’ controversial midfielder Joey Barton has posted a positive message on Twitter ahead of the Scottish League Cup semi-final against rivals Celtic on Sunday.

Barton, 34, signed for Rangers in the summer, but has been suspended by the club following an altercation with teammate Andy Halliday after the last Old Firm derby on September 10, which Celtic won 5-1.

Barton has showed that he doesn’t hold any grudges as he wished his teammates luck on his personal Twitter account ahead of a fixture the team will be desperate to win.

Barton has made eight appearances in all competitions for Mark Warburton’s side, following his free transfer in the summer.

However, he has been banned by the club since the last Old Firm derby, and it is currently not known if he will play for the club again.

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He’s also currently under investigation by the Scottish FA for breaking gambling rules during his time with the Ibrox club.

However, it has been reported by talkSPORT that the combative player is keen to resurrect his career at Ibrox.

Barton is no stranger to controversy after receiving the Premier League’s second largest ban of 12 matches following his actions after a red card against Manchester City, as well as serving jail time during his Newcastle stint.

In other Rangers team news, this senior player could miss the rest of the season after a shock injury in training.