After being shown the door at Murray Park following a bust-up with team-mates, Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has issued an apology over ‘inappropriate’ comments made following the club’s 5-1 defeat to Celtic.
The 34-year-old joined Rangers in July and promptly claimed that he would be the best player in Scottish football, but he has already failed to live up to the hype and has now been banished from Murray Park until Monday for what is being reported as his second bust-up.
However, the former Burnley midfielder has now issued an apology via his social media page, insisting that there was no physical confrontation but admitted that he ‘did overstep the mark’ with ‘inappropriate’ comments.
He confirmed that he would return to training on Monday, but highlighted that he did not agree with manager Mark Warburton’s decision.
Barton said: “Obviously after the Old Firm game on Saturday everybody was hurting and in training on Tuesday there was full and frank discussion about the result and reasons for our loss.
“I, like everyone else, care deeply about the task at hand, which is to restore Rangers Football Club to the top of Scottish football.
“The discussion we had involved some sharp disagreement about the game and some harsh words were said. There were only words involved in the disagreement, nothing else. Nevertheless, some of the words used did overstep the mark.
“As someone who communicates directly, I accept that some of the things I said were inappropriate and for tht I apologise unreservedly.I cannot, however, apologise for caring deely about winning and for wantiing to perform buch better muself and for Rangers to do much better.
“The manager felt that my words were inappropriate and asked that I take some time out to reflect on what was said. He judged that it was best if I didn’t report for training again until Monday.
“Whilst I don’t feel that this was necessary I fully respect the manager’s decision. I regret what happened and on Monday I will report for training and I will do what it takes to help the team draw a line under it so tat we can get back to the task at hand.”
Barton finished the message, saying: “I want Rangers to win. This is all I care about and my overriding intention is to give my all, everyday, in order to help Rangers do that.
“I hope this message clarifies the situation and puts to bed all the other speculation and nonsense. Rangers needs to get back to winning football matches. This is the most important thing for me now.”