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Barton close to agreeing Gers pay-off

By Robert Jones

Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has been signed off with stress as negotiations on a severance deal continue. The 34-year-old Englishman was told to return to train with the under-20s last week following a six-week suspension for a training ground row in September.

The former Burnley, Manchester City, Newcastle and QPR player has not been at training since Thursday.

Barton has made eight appearances for Mark Warburton's side this season.

The once-capped England international left Burnley under freedom of contract at the end of last season, signing a two-year contract at Ibrox.

But he was suspended from the Scottish Premiership side following a training-ground row with team-mates including midfielder Andy Halliday.

It came after Barton and Halliday played in Rangers' 5-1 Old Firm defeat.

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