Burnley Chasing Joey Barton Again
Former Clarets midfielder Joey Barton has been released by Glasgow Rangers after he and the club reached an agreement to terminate his contract. Barton played just eight games since joining the club from Burnley in May 2016.
Barton’s relationship with manager Mark Warburton deteriorated after a training ground dispute in which he said some “inappropriate things” to team mate Andy Halliday, after the club lost 5-1 to Celtic.
Barton was banned for six weeks by Rangers following the training ground altercation in September 2016. He returned to the club on the 2nd November 2016 and was ordered to train with the club’s academy squad, however after just one day of training he was signed off with stress on Tuesday.
Barton is also being investigated by the Scottish Football Association over alleged breaches of gambling rules. On 20 September 2016, the SFA said it was investigating Barton, who was alleged to have placed 44 bets between 1 July and 15 September 2016.
Having left Ibrox Stadium yesterday, Barton is now being linked with a move back to Turf Moor to rejoin the Clarets as they look to continue their great run in the Premier League.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche has already suggested in the press that he would welcome a Turf Moor return for Barton, however there are a number of clubs that are already chasing the former England Midfielder including Aston Villa and Derby County.