Joey Barton Rangers career hanging by thread after three separate bust-ups - report

By Alex Stevens

Joey Barton’s Rangers career is hanging by a thread after a blazing training ground row that is his third bust-up with team-mates in little over a month, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim the 34-year-old has been “banished” from the club’s Murray Park training headquarters and won’t feature against Ross County on Saturday.

It is said that Barton was involved in a hearted verbal exchange with team-mate Andy Halliday during training on Tuesday.

The report states that it is the third bust-up combustible midfielder Barton has been caught up in since his shock move to Ibrox in the summer.

The Scottish Sun report words were exchanged in the Rangers dressing room after the 1-1 league draw against Hamilton on the opening day of the season and again following a narrow 2-1 win over Dundee.

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Rangers manager Mark Warburton did not take action after the first two incidents but has reacted firmly to the latest flare-up.

Barton was immediately banned from training and told not to report back to the club until Monday, when he is certain to face showdown talks over his Ibrox future.

The Scottish Sun claim former Manchester City and Newcastle star has also been warned about his future conduct and instructed to adhere to club rules – or the axe will fall on his short Rangers career.

Rangers have been plunged deeper into crisis after they were hammered 5-1 by Celtic in the first Old Firm derby of the season.

In other Rangers news, this is the best possible XI to face Ross County on Saturday.