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Joey Barton will return to training with Rangers after conclusion of his disciplinary proceedings

Rangers have announced that Joey Barton will return to training with the club.

The midfielder was suspended after a bust-up with team-mate Andy Halliday and manager Mark Warburton after their 5-1 loss to Old Firm rivals Celtic, a spell that was extended to six weeks after an unauthorised interview with a radio station.

In early October he was charged with breaking rules related to gambling on football matches, with the SFA accusing him of placing 44 bets on matches.

However, Rangers announced on Wednesday that he would return to training.

A statement read: ‘Joey Barton has been told he will return to full-time training following the conclusion of a disciplinary procedure.

‘The Auchenhowie management team will inform the player of appropriate training arrangements to which he must adhere for as long as he remains a Rangers player.

‘Neither the club nor the player will comment further.’

There were suggestions last week that Rangers would end Barton’s suspension in order to ready him for a move away from the club in the January transfer window.

Sportsmail understood Rangers could not put together a case for instantly dismissing the midfielder and the club’s financial position meant they were unable to pay up the rest of his two-year deal.

Wednesday’s latest development in what has become an embarrassing eight-week saga for the Light Blues comes six days after Barton met with Gers chiefs at Ibrox for a face-to-face hearing on his future.

The former Manchester City, Newcastle and QPR player was joined by his representative Eddy Jennings for the two-hour meeting but left the stadium with the stalemate seemingly unresolved and his suspension still in place.

Now he has been told he can make use of the facilities at Auchenhowie but there is little chance he will be seen in a Rangers strip again.

The Glasgow giants will be keen to remove his costly £20,000-a-week wage bill from their books and hope that by allowing him to resume training it will speed up the process of finding a new club for the one-cap former England international once the January transfer window opens.

Burnley – the club Barton left in the summer when he signed a two-year deal with Gers – have already been linked with a move for controversial midfielder.

It is understood the player has been told he can return to Auchenhowie as soon as Thursday but he will be limited to training with the club’s Under-20s squad and will not be permitted to rejoin Warburton’s group.

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