Mark Warburton's press conference ends early after Joey Barton question

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Joey Barton's first season in Scottish football was never going to pass by without incident.

Everyone was expecting fireworks to explode at some point during the campaign and to be honest, we should have really guessed that Barton would struggle to make too many friends across the border.

The Rangers summer signing has been absent from training for the last three weeks following an altercation with teammate Andy Halliday and a disagreement with manager Mark Warburton last month.

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He was duly handed a suspension which has now been increased by a further week and no one outside the club really knows what Barton's future holds.

So as you would expect, when the various members of the press were given the opportunity to quiz Warburton on Wednesday afternoon, the topic of a certain English midfielder was expected to form a large part of the agenda.

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However, the Rangers boss refused to be drawn on the subject a number of times as Sky Sports reporter Mark Benstead tried to uncover some more details.

Benstead tried once more but in the eyes of Rangers' press officer, Jim Traynor, enough was enough and stepped in.

What followed was quite bizarre but as you can see from the video below, a brief argument between Benstead and Traynor ensued before the latter brought the press conference to a premature end.

Warburton's face was a picture during the exchange and even he looked surprised to be allowed to walk out so early on.

It's a badly kept secret that managers absolutely hate press conferences so you can't blame the ex-Brentford boss jumping at the first opportunity to move away from the spotlight.

He did eventually return to answer the rest of the media's questions and after the earlier incident, no one dared even whispering Barton's name.

Barton is also in trouble with the Scottish FA for allegedly betting on 44 matches earlier this season and has requested an extension before responding to the charges.

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