Suspended for three weeks by Rangers on Monday, Joey Barton’s time at the Ibrox club looks set to come to an embarrassing end for both player and club in the wake of the Englishman promoting his new book.
The former Man City and QPR midfielder even went as far as claiming that if he had the benefit of hindsight, he would not have signed for the club in the summer
Following his bust-up with team-mate Andy Halliday, Barton was already handed a one week suspension before posting comments on twitter and going onto Talksport to say he had nothing to apologise for. And those well publicised comments have landed the player with another three week ban from the Ibrox club.
While publicising his new book, Barton said: “I needed another challenge, another experience, even though there have been days since then when I’ve thought: ‘Why? Why did I do that?’ “But I’ve got to believe in Rangers even if it’s been much harder than I expected.
“Reflecting on it, would I have made the same decision? Probably not. I’ve even been honest with people about that. “There is an honesty that I am operating which means some people think I’m critiquing them. But I know that in time it will turn out to be the right decision. “As tough as it is, adversity brings out the best in you.”
A club statement released on Monday, read: “Joey Barton has today been suspended by the club and will not return to Ibrox or Auchenhowie for a period of three weeks. “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, who signed a two-year deal with Rangers in the summer worth around £20,000 a week, will miss Rangers’ cup tie against Queen of the South and league games against Aberdeen and Partick Thistle.
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