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Rangers suspend Joey Barton for three weeks

Joey Barton has been suspended by Rangers from playing and training for three weeks.

Barton was sent home from training last Monday following what is understood to have been a changing-room row with team-mate Andy Halliday and boss Mark Warburton when discussing the 5-1 Old Firm defeat to Celtic.

The 34-year-old was informed by Warburton not to report back until Monday meaning the midfielder missed Saturday's Scottish Premiership clash with Ross County.

Barton, who on Thursday apologised for his 'harsh words', went on TalkSPORT to say he was still 'committed' to Rangers adding he had no issue with Halliday after their exchange of views. He is disappointed, however, that Warburton decided to banish him from training.

On Monday Barton and Warburton held talks over the matter.

Following the meeting, the club said in a statement: "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.

"Neither party will make any further statement or comment on this issue."

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