Boss coy on Barton row

Boss coy on Barton row

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has refused to confirm Joey Barton's future at the club following a training-ground bust up on Tuesday.

The midfielder has been told to stay away from the club until today following an angry bust-up with his boss and team-mate Andy Halliday last week.

That ruled the 34-year-old out of Saturday's stalemate against Ross County, but Warburton refused to confirm whether the Light Blues support had seen the last of the former Manchester City, Newcastle and QPR man following Tuesday's training-ground argument.

He even walked out of his post-match press conference as reporters asked one question too many on the subject.

The Gers boss said: "I'm not going to talk about Joey Barton. It's an internal matter that is being dealt with by Rangers Football Club. We won't make any comment on any internal matter."

But Warburton insisted the controversy with Barton which followed that derby debacle had not disrupted his build-up to facing Jim McIntyre's men.

"Not at all," he added. "It's just another matter that you deal with, it's part of the challenge of day-to-day working life.

"It didn't affect our preparations. We did very well, we trained well and we gave a good performance but didn't get the rewards that I felt we deserved today."