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I will return and prove my worth to Rangers, vows Joey Barton

By Andy Newport

Joey Barton insists he has unfinished business with Rangers after claiming he cannot wait to rejoin Mark Warburton's squad.

The controversial midfielder is currently serving a three-week club suspension following a blazing row with boss Warburton and team-mate Andy Halliday in the wake of this month's humiliating 5-1 defeat to rivals Celtic.

It appeared that would spell the end of his time in Glasgow after just eight games for the Light Blues.

But now he has told his 3.25million Twitter followers he is determined to return to Ibrox and make his mark.

Responding to questions from fans, the Englishman said over a series of posts: "People far too quick to write [the team] off. Celtic game was 1st competitive loss since 28th Dec 2015. 30+ games.

"[I'm] not going anywhere, happy to be judged after the season. Played 8 games. Had to use some for fitness as [we] had no pre season!

"Can't wait to get back and show what [I] am about. Came to be successful. Nothing's changed.

"Never ran from a challenge in my life. Not about to start now."

Barton has been spending his time away from the Gers promoting his new autobiography.

The book - titled No Nonsense - was released yesterday morning but the former Manchester City, Newcastle and QPR battler appeared to be irked by some of the comments directed at him online.

The former England international - who is facing a gambling probe after allegedly breaking strict Scottish FA rules relating to betting on football - posted: "If you want to buy, buy it. If you don't, don't. But don't come on here moaning at me today. I can't be a***d with you. Have a day off."

Meanwhile, defender Danny Wilson hopes he has done enough in his last two outings to earn a starting slot for Sunday's clash with Aberdeen.

The 24-year-old returned to Warburton's side in the scoreless draw with Ross County at Ibrox last week after sitting out the Old Firm humbling with a calf strain.

But, alongside veteran Clint Hill, he has helped Gers claim back-to-back clean sheets, with the goalless draw against the Staggies followed by Tuesday night's 5-0 romp over Betfred Cup opponents Queen of the South.

Rob Kiernan and Philippe Senderos are back in contention for Pittodrie this weekend after their chastening experience at Celtic Park, but Wilson is ready to go again if Warburton gives him the nod.

The 24-year-old said: "We have four guys who can play in there just now and Clint and I have been given the nod in the last couple of games and we have formed a fairly good partnership.

"With both of us being left-sided it puts me on the right side, which is not something that I am too used to, so it has been a learning experience.

"I don't think there was a real lot wrong when Rob and I played together and when Clint and Rob played together.

"I think it's just one of things which maybe has happened, we have kept clean sheets, but we have our goalkeeper to thank as well, who has made crucial stops at the right times. Maybe it is that wee bit of luck that you get and you keep the clean sheet and it looks a wee bit better on your part, but I don't think there was too much wrong in the past.

"I think we are just trying to remain consistent, we have had two clean sheets in a row and we'll be hoping if we are selected on Sunday we can get another one and keep building on it."

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