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Ex-Rangers footballer Joey Barton to keep mum on Ibrox bust-up

By Andy Newport

Joey Barton insists the real reasons for the explosive end to his Rangers career will remain private.

The controversial midfielder lasted just eight games in Glasgow before he was frozen out following a row with boss Mark Warburton and team-mate Andy Halliday. The 34-year-old has since re-signed for Burnley after Rangers took the decision to cancel his contract.

But the former Manchester City, Newcastle and QPR player says he has too much respect for his former employers to divulge what really happened in the build-up to his exit.

"I've got an enormous amount of respect for Rangers, the fans, the tradition - everything that it stands for," said Barton.

"I ain't going to come on the radio and have a go and air my dirty laundry in public about Rangers.

"It's just not something I aspire to do. It's not something I'm going to do today, in two months, in 10 months or in two years.

"I can't focus on what's going on in Scotland - that's not my bag any more."

Barton made his move north with the intention of helping Rangers wrestle the Premiership title from Celtic. But it quickly turned sour after his training-ground bust-up two days after Gers' humiliating 5-1 thrashing by their Old Firm rivals in September.

Asked if he had any regrets about his Ibrox switch, he said: "I don't, really. I'm not one for living in the past. This life is short."

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