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Joey Barton told to come back to training as Rangers stick to deal

By Jack Austin

Joey Barton will remain with Rangers after the club confirmed that his contract would not be terminated. The Englishman had been suspended since a training ground bust-up in September with teammate Andy Halliday following the 5-1 defeat to Old Firm rivals Celtic.

He also had a row with manager Mark Warburton and was told to stay away from the club's training ground Auchenhowie while an internal investigation was carried out.

However, following the conclusion of the disciplinary procedure, the club has confirmed the 34-year-old will return to "full-time training".

In a statement, Rangers said: "Joey Barton has been told he will return to full-time training following the conclusion of a disciplinary procedure.

"The Auchenhowie management team will inform the player of appropriate training arrangements to which he must adhere for as long as he remains a Rangers player. Neither the club nor the player will comment further."

Barton joined the Scottish Premiership side in the summer after rejecting a contract extension with Burnley and has repeatedly stated he wants to stay at Ibrox and fight for his place.

Warburton has, meanwhile, revealed he will look to fill the gap left by Niko Kranjcar when the January transfer window opens.

Warburton was given the news he was fearing when medics confirmed his Croatian playmaker had torn his cruciate ligament in a training ground accident last week.

The former QPR, Portsmouth and Tottenham attacker has been ruled out for the next six months.

Warburton said: "Niko has suffered an ACL injury. Everyone is so disappointed for him.

"As a result, we might look for a loan option in January."

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