Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has been suspended for three weeks following a meeting with the club’s manager, Mark Warburton, on Monday morning. The midfielder had returned to the club for crisis talks after the 34-year-old confirmed last week that he was told to stay away from the club for several days in order to “re-evaluate the way I’m thinking” following a heated argument involving a team-mate, Andy Halliday, in the wake of Rangers’ 5-1 defeat by Celtic. Rangers issued a statement after Barton had met with the manager: “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.” The club said that neither party would be making any further statement or comment on the issue. When asked, immediately after the meeting at Rangers’ ground on Monday, whether he was to stay at Rangers, Barton initially stated he was not allowed to comment on the matter, but when pressed further he said: “I think so.” Barton was absent as Rangers continued their… Read full this story
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