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Barton has made just eight appearances for the Gers.

Joey Barton's disciplinary hearing at Rangers set to be delayed

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Joey Barton has always thrived off controversy.

It's looking more and more likely that he'll have his Rangers contract terminated as he remains in limbo at Ibrox.

The 34-year-old has been suspended since his row with manager Mark Warburton on the training ground after the Gers were thrashed 5-1 by bitter rivals Celtic over a month ago - a fracas which conveniently erupted days before he released his book 'No Nonsense'. It's definitely one way to get himself in the headlines.

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The club are now waiting to hear when he wants to resume disciplinary proceedings after the player postponed an initial meeting to resolve the stand-off.

According to the Scottish Daily Record, it could be as late as January before he finds out whether he has any future at the club, even if it's already pretty clear he won't be pulling on the blue jersey again.

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After all, his falling-out with Warburton is the least of his worries.

Barton has also been charged by the Scottish Football Association for allegedly placing 44 bets on games - he's asked for more time to build a case on that one, too.

Rangers, meanwhile, have lost just one of their five games since the former Manchester City and Newcastle midfielder was suspended, so they're probably quite happy for him to remain in the wilderness.

Barton notorious 

They face Celtic again on Sunday in the Betfred Cup semi-final, so they won't be in a hurry to resurrect the career of a man who has featured for them just eight times.

The best Barton may now be able to hope for is a move to the English Championship in January, but finding a club willing to take him on isn't going to be easy.

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The notorious bad boy seems to have made no positive impact whatsoever in Glasgow, both on and off the pitch.

Absolutely no-one will be surprised by his latest antics, and as far as Rangers are concerned, the sooner he's off the books, the better.

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