CONTROVERSIAL Joey Barton is likely to learn if he has a Rangers future before the end of this week.
It is understood the veteran midfielder is poised to return to Ibrox to take part in a disciplinary hearing in which his fate will be decided.
Bad boy Barton, the club’s marquee signing from Burnley is the summer, has already been suspended for six weeks following a training ground bust-up with manager Mark Warburton.
The showdown has been delayed until after Rangers’ game against St Johnstone in Glasgow this evening. It’s a crucial Premiership encounter for both sides with the Perth Saints two points ahead of tonight’s rivals who have a game in hand.
However, it is believed arrangements are being made to bring Barton back before the weekend in a bid to finally bring the unhappy situation to a close.
The temperamental 34-year-old Englishman has hired a top team of employment lawyers to handle his case amid fears that Rangers may attempt to sack him on a charge of serious misconduct and terminate the remainder of his lucrative two-year contract.
One thing appears certain – Barton’s last kick of a ball in the colours of the Ibrox team is more than likely to have been in the 5-1 loss to Celtic at Parkhead on September 10.