Joey Barton involved in training ground bust up with teammate

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Joey Barton is one of those players who very rarely find themselves out of the headlines.

More often than not, though, it is usually his behaviour or comments away from the pitch that attracts so much attention.

And it would appear it hasn't taken long for him to land in hot water at his new club Rangers, who he joined in the summer.

Scotland's STV are reporting that the English midfielder has been involved in a training ground bust up and told not to report back to the club until next week.

It is thought the incident took place on Tuesday and Barton was not in attendance for training on Thursday as Mark Warburton prepares his side for Saturday's Scottish Premiership clash with Ross County.

The Scottish Sun have claimed Barton got involved in a heated verbal exchange with teammate Andy Halliday and isn't the first time tempers have flared following altercations after the opening day draw with Hamilton and the 2-1 victory over Dundee.

But this time has proven a step too far and Warburton has decided to take action against Barton, with no suggestion Halliday has received any punishment.

Rangers were on the wrong end of a heavy 5-1 loss to fierce rivals Celtic last weekend and Barton was among those to receive heavy criticism for such a disappointing display.

Despite arriving on a free from newly promoted Burnley, Barton was one of Warburton's marquee summer signings and therefore fans were expecting him to make a big difference in the Old Firm match up.

Rangers are yet to make an official statement to confirm the argument did take place.

Even more surprisingly, Barton has gone quiet on Twitter, which some may feel makes a nice change, so the club are clearly trying to keep the details under wraps for the timebeing - not that has stopped him in the past, though.

The Ross County match will be the first game Barton has not been selected for since crossing the border this summer and the Rangers boss must obviously feel confident his side can still pick up a result without the 34-year-old.

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