Joey Barton isn’t the most popular footballer in the world and his move to Rangers in the summer hasn’t come without its bad press, with the former England international having been suspended by the club.
Barton has repeatedly said he wants to stay and fight for the team, and the midfielder might now get his chance after the Scottish giants confirmed he can return to training. A statement on their official website read:
“Joey Barton has been told he will return to full-time training following the conclusion of a disciplinary procedure,
“The Auchenhowie [training base] management team will inform the player of appropriate training arrangements to which he must adhere for as long as he remains a Rangers player.”
However, the 34-year-old faces an uncertain future with ESPN reporting he will work with the youth squads and the return to training is only for the veteran to keep his fitness levels up ahead of an exit from the club in January.
There remains a next to zero chance that Barton will feature for Mark Warburton’s side again, with the whole sequence of events stemming from a clash with his boss in the wake of a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Celtic, and the Scottish club will be keen to remove his significant wages from their books.