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Now Rangers clam up at very mention of Barton

By Graham Luney

Joey Barton continues to be a sore point at Rangers as sparks flew during Mark Warburton's weekly pre-match press conference yesterday when the controversial midfielder was mentioned.

Rangers PR advisor Jim Traynor brought a halt to proceedings after journalists quizzed the Ibrox chief on the Barton situation.

The Englishman would only say: "I'm not going to make comment on it, I haven't made comment on it. It's being dealt with by the powers that be at the club.

"When there's news it will come out, but until then there's no comment."

Traynor got involved in a heated exchange with Sky Sports reporter Mark Benstead and the press conference was halted for 20 minutes before resuming.

Meanwhile, Barton has asked for extra time to consider his Scottish Football Association charge of allegedly breaking strict betting rules.

The 34-year-old had been given until yesterday to respond after he was charged with placing 44 bets on games between July 1 and September 15 this year. But now he has requested an extension to that deadline after telling disciplinary chiefs he needs longer to look through the paperwork detailing their case.

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