Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has said that he doesn't feel he owes manager Mark Warburton an apology after being banned from the team's training ground.
Following a training ground bust-up with teammate Andy Halliday earlier in the week, Barton was told not to report to the club until Monday, meaning he will miss tomorrow's league game against Ross County.
The 34-year-old responded to the drama by posting a detailed statement on Twitter, in which he apologised "unreservedly" for his part in the altercation.
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However, just a day after expressing his regret at the disagreement, which took place while Rangers players attempted to analyse their 5-1 thrashing at bitter rivals Celtic, Barton has defended his position and gone into further detail on the matter.
After choosing to go on the radio, Barton told talkSPORT, "The manager pulled me in afterwards and asked me to explain what I'd said and I'd told him in no (un)certain terms where I believed it to be at.
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"So he's saying I need to go away and think thing through. Whilst I didn't agree with that, he's the manager of the football club and I have to accept that.
"But 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."
When asked if had said sorry to Warburton, Barton replied, "I don't believe I've done anything to apologise for. It's the tone of language I've used (that was the problem). Maybe I don't communicate like somebody who has been educated at Eton, but that's not me, I'm from Liverpool."
The Englishman, who holds one cap for his country, continued, "I communicate how I communicate and I want to win football matches. Maybe I could communicate better and I accept that, but the message doesn't change. It's not the wrong message I'm communicating, and it's unfair for anybody to say that is the case.
What next for Barton?
Barton, who is sure to cause more controversy with this latest rant, revealed that he will try to mend fences with his boss next week and also commented on his relationship with Halliday.
"I'll sit down with Warbs (Warburton) on Monday - that was always the plan," he said. "I'll be supporting my teammates on Saturday - that is all that matters. It's disappointing but I'm as committed to Glasgow Rangers as the day I signed. There's nothing at all that has altered me from that task.
"They've told me to stay away but there are a lot of misconceptions out there at the moment. I've been asked to re-evaluate the way I'm thinking, but I don't think that's going to change - I want Rangers to win!
"We lost to our fiercest rivals at the weekend and we've been picking the bones of how we get better, how we get Rangers back to the top of Scottish football.
"We are 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 and what's going wrong – it's nothing more and nothing less than that.
"There is absolutely no issue with me and Andy. There was no anger. We sat down in the dressing room afterwards and spoke through what was said. It's disappointing that certain people are trying to insinuate that there is, because it's completely false."
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