Joey Barton appeared on talkSPORT this morning to explain the situation around him being banished from Rangers training.
But a lot of fans believe the midfielder was wrong to go on the radio so soon after the news broke and it was the wrong thing to do if he wants to stay a Rangers player.
Barton has been told to stay away from the club until Monday after a training ground incident earlier in the week.
It’s unclear what happened, with reports claiming it involved some harsh words with his team-mates, particularly Andy Halliday, but Barton did take to Twitter last night to share his thoughts on those reports.
He apologised unreservedly for some of his comments and reiterated his commitment to Rangers going forward.
But will appearing on talkSPORT to talk more about the situation help get him back in Mark Warburton’s good books? We, along with many more fans, aren’t so sure.
Full audio hasn’t been released of Barton’s interview with the radio station’s presenter Jim White yet, but talksport.co.uk have shared quotes from the Rangers man following the interview.
He said: “They’ve told me to stay away but there are a lot of misconceptions out there at the moment.
“I’ve been asked to revaluate the way I’m thinking, but I don’t think they’re going to change – I want Rangers to win!
“We lost to our fiercest rivals at the weekend, we came in to train on Monday and Tuesday and we’re picking the bones of how we get better, how we get Rangers back to the top of Scottish football.
“We’re 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 as a team and what’s going wrong for us. It’s nothing more and nothing less than that.
“Obviously sometimes the way I communicate can be a bit blunt and a bit direct and it ruffles people’s feathers, which I know I have to work at, but I don’t apologise for trying to win. I care deeply about playing football.
“There is absolutely no issue with me and Andy. 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.
“Andy is a mad, passionate Rangers fan, he’s stood in the terraces, so I’ve got great respect for him. He cares deeply about making the club better, as it do.
“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, because it’s wrong.”
Many fans were on hand to listen to Barton speaking – and they’ve taken to Twitter to give their thoughts on his Ibrox future:
Barton has a two-year contract at Ibrox and will be on high wages so it must be seen as unlikely that Rangers would get rid of him at such early stage.
But he’ll play no part in their game against Ross County tomorrow and will have a job on to prove himself to his manager, team-mates and fans when he does return to training.
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