Joey Barton: Mark Warburton threw me under the bus at Rangers

Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton with Joey Barton. Picture: SNS/Sammy Turner
Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton with Joey Barton. Picture: SNS/Sammy Turner
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In an array of tweets on Thursday evening Joey Barton criticised Mark Warburton for the former Rangers boss’ handling of the midfielder during their time at Ibrox.

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The 35-year-old attracted controversy when he fielded a number of questions regarding his time at Rangers and Scottish football in general.

One comment sparked criticism for a jibe at Celtic regarding kids which Barton said was taken out of context.

Barton, who is currently serving a ban from football for betting offences, replied to a tweet with: “Careful with the kids and Celtic in the same sentence Michael. Don’t want folk getting the wrong idea again.”

Many assumed Barton was referencing historical child abuse at Celtic Boys’ Club, however he has since clarified his tweet, explaining it was to do with his kids and if they were linked with Celtic it would be taken that they are Celtic fans.

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These comments overshadowed a wide range of opinions on Rangers. He said the club required “a big overhaul” and tipped Graeme Souness for the vacant managerial position at Ibrox.

He did, however, reveal what led to the breakdown with former Rangers manager Warburton.

He tweeted: “Not much. Not enough for what happened. Didn’t want to change his philosophy to get better. So he three me under a bus. #Thatsfootball”

The player, who had signed on a free contract from Burnley in May 2016, was suspended by the club in September 2016 before having his contract terminated in November.

He returned to Burnley but was then banned from football for 18 months in April this year before it was reduced by nearly five months.

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