Joey Barton explains Rangers ban

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Joey Barton has responded to reports circulating on Thursday evening regarding his alleged ban from Rangers training ground.

The Scottish Sun published an article claiming Barton became involved in heated verbal exchange with teammate Andy Halliday during training on Tuesday.

As a result, Mark Warburton sent the midfielder home and told him not to return until next week - ruling him out of this weekend's Scottish Premiership match against Ross County.

And the beauty of Twitter has given Barton the opportunity to clarify what actually happened.

In a series of tweets addressing his 3.25 million followers on the social networking site, the Englishman admitted acting inappropriately and revealed the 5-1 loss to Celtic last weekend had prompted a 'full and frank discussion'.

"There were only words involved in the disagreement, nothing else. Nevertheless, some of the words used did overstep the mark," Barton wrote.

"I accept some of the things I said were inappropriate and for that I apologise unreservedly."

Barton did not confirm Halliday's involvement but will return to training on Monday and 'hopes to draw a line under' the incident.

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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