Following a training ground bust-up last Tuesday, Barton was told by Gers boss Mark Warburton to stay away until today, but saw his ban extended after a meeting at Ibrox.
And former captain Ferguson – a legend to the Rangers support – can’t see any avenue back for the former Newcastle and Man City man now.
Speaking via BBC Scotland, Ferguson said: “I don’t see a way back now.
“I’m disappointed because I was excited when he joined Rangers.
“I thought he would have been a great signing, but I don’t think he’ll play again.”
Ferguson won five titles, five Scottish Cups and five League Cups during his own spell at Ibrox, and was no stranger to controversy himself, having fallen out with former manager Paul Le Guen in 2007.
Ferguson, currently the Clyde manager, also reveals that he got to know Barton after meeting him on a training course recently, and added: “Rangers would have known that Joey is an opinionated guy
“That’s part and parcel of Joey Barton. First, he’s a really good player; second, he likes to have his say.
“I played against Joey plenty of times and I got to know him when I was doing my A-licence course two years ago and found him an interesting, intelligent guy.
“But he was like that on the course.
“Even when the assessors were showing us things, there were things he wasn’t too happy with.”
Ferguson finished by saying that training ground spats were common during his playing days, and remains curious about the details of Barton’s fallout: “In my day, there were plenty of arguments, plenty of fights.
“The further it got was into the dressing-room and then it got sorted. That was it over and done with.
“I like people with a voice on the training ground.
“They got beat 5-1 by their arch rivals, so nobody is going to be happy. There’s going to be a bit of ding-dong. I don’t see that as a problem.
“I’d love to know what was said between Joey and Andy.”
As a modern day hero to the Gers faithful, Ferguson’s opinion will no doubt mean something to some fans – but what do you make of his comments?
Do you agree that Barton is now finished in Glasgow?
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