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Report sheds fresh light on Barton bust-up with Rangers as he faces permanent axe

By Alex Taylor

Joey Barton will not play for Rangers again after refusing to apologise to Mark Warburton following a training ground fight, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim that the former Newcastle midfielder’s career in Scotland is already over after the bust-up with team mate Andy Halliday on Tuesday of last week.

Barton, 34, was on Monday hit with a three-week suspension following the incident but the report says he will not play for Rangers again after refusing to apologise for his actions to Warburton.

The player returned to Rangers on Monday to speak with his manager, but Barton’s refusal to show remorse seems to have ended reintegration talks before they had barely begun.

The maverick midfielder arrived at Ibrox this summer on a free transfer from Burnley and only played eight times for his new club before his ban.

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

The former Manchester City ace has a history of disciplinary issues and has become infamous for his on-field antics both in the Premier League and with Marseille in France.

The former Queens Park Rangers anchor has had run-ins with some of the world’s biggest stars including Sergio Aguero and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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