As sure as night follows day,Joey Barton is always likely to be involved in some form of controversy.
The former England international (if one can call him that after his twelve-minute cameo in 2007) has had a list of misdemeanours a mile long, and few of his clubs have fond memories of his service.
His move to the Scottish Premiership with Rangers this summer hasn’t exactly been going to plan, and multiple sources are this evening reporting that the 34-year-old was been sent home earlier this week from the club’s training ground by manager Mark Warburton, following an incident involving teammate Andy Halliday.
STV and the Daily Record are reporting that a massive row between Barton and his teammates took place this week, as the fallout continues from Rangers’ 5-1 demolition at the hands of Old Firm rivals Celtic last weekend.
Barton had spent the last few weeks trying to unsettle Brendan Rodgers and Celtic with a series of petulant quips in the media, but his team were soundly beaten when it came to the actual football.
Barton will not be allowed to return to training until next Monday, meaning he will miss Rangers’ Premiership match at home to Ross County this weekend. In fact, the Record speculate that his Ibrox career could already be over.
As yet, Rangers have made no official comment.