Bar­ton: Train­ing ban is ‘strange’

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JOEY Bar­ton ap­pears to have ex­ac­er­bated his sit­u­a­tion at Rangers by de­scrib­ing his train­ing ground ban as “strange” on talk­SPORT yes­ter­day.

Bar­ton was told to stay away from Auchen­howie by man­ager Mark War­bur­ton on Tues­day after be­com­ing em­broiled in an al­ter­ca­tion in the wake of the 5-1 de­feat to Celtic at Park­head.

The 34-year-old mid­fielder took to Twit­ter on Thurs­day evening to “apol­o­gise un­re­servedly” for his “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” com­ments. How­ever, Bar­ton ap­peared less con­trite in a ra­dio interview with Jim White yes­ter­day to fuel spec­u­la­tion that his Rangers ca­reer is in jeop­ardy.

Bar­ton told talk­SPORT: “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.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.”

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