Joey Barton is to begin training with Rangers’ under-20 squad after the club concluded its disciplinary procedure against the midfielder. It is almost certain that the Englishman will not play for Rangers again, with a move in January the most likely outcome. The 34-year-old was suspended after a training ground row in mid-September, then returned to Ibrox for a hearing with club officials last week. That impasse moved on slightly with Rangers’ statement on Wednesday, which referred only to the club’s training ground rather than to the first-team scene. It read: “Joey Barton has been told he will return to full-time training following the conclusion of a disciplinary procedure. The Auchenhowie management team will inform the player of appropriate training arrangements to which he must adhere for as long as he remains a Rangers player.” Fifa regulations assert that training facilities have to be made available by clubs to contracted players. Barton signed a two-year contract at Rangers last summer, worth in the region of £20,000 per week. Understandably, for financial reasons, there has been no appetite at the club to pay off the remainder of that deal. Barton’s last game was the 5-1 defeat to Celtic on 10 September…. Read full this story
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