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Suspension for midfielder

Barton banned from Rangers for three weeks

Joey BartonFootball – SPL: Rangers midfielder Joey Barton’s future at the club remains uncertain after he was suspended today for three weeks.

The 34-year-old was involved in a training ground incident with team mates following the club’s 5-1 defeat to Celtic.

Following talks with manager Mark Warburton he has been told to stay away from the club’s Auchenhowie base until 10 October.

He admitted he has been told to “re-evaluate the way I’m thinking” following a heated argument involving fellow player, Andy Halliday.

In a statement, Rangers said:  “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.”

The club said that neither party would be making any further statement or comment on the issue.

When asked about his future Barton initially stated he was not allowed to comment.

Warburton refused to discuss the former Newcastle United and Manchester City player’s status with the club he joined in the summer following Rangers’ promotion to the SPL.

Barton gave a live interview on Talksport radio 24 hours earlier in which he declared himself “as committed to Glasgow Rangers as the day I signed”.

He added: “We’re asked for an opinion and I’m someone who gives an opinion. Two passionate Rangers players have then shared opinions on how we get better as a team and what’s going wrong for us. It’s nothing more and nothing less than that.

“Obviously sometimes the way I communicate can be a bit blunt and a bit direct and it ruffles people’s feathers, which I know I have to work at, but I don’t apologise for trying to win. I care deeply about playing football.”

Barton, who signed a two-year contract in the summer, added: “The way it’s been handled is strange. When you look at my history and you’re told to stay away from the club, it does look like something more has happened, and that’s why I’ve decided to get on the radio and speak, because it’s wrong.”


Football – SPFL: St Mirren have parted company with manager Alex Rae and assistant David Farrell.

The Paisley club are bottom of the Scottish Championship without a league win this season.

Rae, 46, replaced Ian Murray in December and led the club to sixth place last season.

Allan McManus, head of the club’s academy, has been put in charge on an interim basis.

Rae was player-manager of Dundee between 2006 and 2008.

In a statement, the St Mirren board said: “The board would like to thank both Alex and David for all of their efforts on behalf of the club and wish them all the best for the future.”

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