Joey Barton apologises after being sent home by Rangers

Barton doesn’t feel in the wrong after dressing room comments made after Old Firm defeat

Joey Barton apologises after being sent home by Rangers

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Matthew

September 16th, 2016

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Joey Barton is no stranger to controversy and the latest episode has taken place this week after the midfielder was sent home by Glasgow Rangers.

Barton made his feelings clear to team-mates following last weekend’s humbling in the Old Firm, with Mark Warburton deciding that the player had overstepped the mark and the former Manchester City midfielder has apologised.

“Obviously after [the] Old Firm game on Saturday everybody was hurting and in training on Tuesday there was a full and frank discussion about the result and reasons for our loss,” Barton wrote.

“I, like everyone else, care deeply about the task at hand, which is to restore Rangers Football Club to the top of Scottish football. The discussion we had involved some sharp disagreement about the game and some harsh words were said. There were only words involved in the disagreement, nothing else. Nevertheless, some of the words used did overstep the mark.

“As someone who communicates directly, I accept that some of the things I said were inappropriate and for that I apologise unreservedly.

“I cannot, however, apologise for caring deeply about winning and for wanting to perform better myself and for Rangers to do much better. Whilst I don’t feel that this was necessary I fully respect the manager’s decision. I regret what happened and on Monday I will report for training and I will do what it takes to help the team draw a line under it so that we can get back to the task at hand.”

He then said: “Apologising doesn’t always mean that you’re wrong and the other person is right. It means you value your relationship more than your ego.”

Rangers have declined to comment on Barton’s situation although it’s thought that the midfielder will return to action next week.

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