Mark Warburton has insisted he ‘will not get drawn into a childlike spat’ with Joey Barton after the former midfielder’s explosive comments about his old manager and his tenure at Rangers.

Barton didn’t pull any punches in a fiery interview with the Football CFB Podcast, as he slammed Warburton and commented on a number of ex-Gers teammates in an honest account of his ill-fated six month spell in Scotland.

He also opened up on the training ground bust-up that led to his departure from Ibrox following Rangers’ embarrassing 5-1 defeat to Old Firm rivals Celtic.

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Joey Barton never played for Rangers again after his training ground bust-up with teammate Andy Halliday

The 37-year-old, now manager of Fleetwood Town, made just eight appearances for Rangers during his short spell in 2016.

During his interview, he took aim at Warburton for his apparent lack of leadership in the dressing room and his poor team selections, and he also claimed the boss was ‘in over his head’ in charge of the Scottish giants.

Describing the state of the Rangers dressing room before a match at Celtic Park, Barton said: “It was amateur hour everywhere.

“Before the game Kenny Miller is having a go, and Andy Halliday is trying to galvanise the troops.

“I look to my right and there’s Warburton shaking. He was supposed to be the leader and he’s shaking like a dog having a s***.”

Barton also claimed the standard of training under Warburton left him needing to ‘train like crazy to be back up to Premier League standard’ when he returned to Burnley from his spell north of the border.

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Mark Warburton led Rangers back to the Scottish Premier League during his two-year spell at Ibrox, but Joey Barton wasn’t a fan

talkSPORT host Jim White approached Warburton for his response to Barton’s damaging comments on Friday.

And while saying he was deeply disappointed by the bitterness, he insisted he would not get involved in a public spat with the no-nonsense player.

And he also admitted his surprise about the timing of Barton’s outburst during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

“Firstly it’s disappointing I think when any manager makes any derogatory and disrespectful comments to a fellow manager,” the former Rangers manager, now QPR boss, told talkSPORT.

“So I’m not going to allow myself to get drawn into any schoolboy, childlike spats.

“Suffice to say there’s no substance behind such comments and it’s deeply disappointing.

“We’ve all got to be man enough that when you’re wrong you put your hand up, if there’s an argument you cool yourself down and you do the right thing.

“To maintain your dignity and respect in our game is very important, especially at a time like this.

“I know how I want to conduct myself and it’s disappointing to hear such comments, but we have to just rise above them and move on.”

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Joey Barton is now manager of Fleetwood Town, and is still never far from controversy

Warburton also said he has a quite different recollection of the events ahead of the Celtic game in question, and claims a number of Barton’s former teammates will be left ‘angry’ by his remarks.

He added: “I presume he’s referring to the first game at Parkhead, back at the old foe’s venue, in the Premiership, so it was a big game for everyone concerned.

“There was excitement and anticipation for everyone, so of course I remember it very differently to him.

“It’s important to know the number of players who are mentioned in his article are top players, great characters and I’m sure they will give a very, very different story.

“It’s a person making disrespectful and derogatory comments, which are totally uncalled for and especially manger to manager now.

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“The best thing to do would be to speak to the players concerned. People like Andy Halliday are Rangers through and through, outstanding characters on and off the field and I’ve got huge respect for Andy as a person. So I’m sure if someone of his characters reads such comments he’d be deeply disappointed and angry as well.

“But there’s no point losing your dignity and getting involved in these type of spats, it’s just about making sure people understand the true story and they know what managing Rangers means to someone like myself.

“It was an absolute privilege to manage a club of such distinction and I had great times in Glasgow.

“And don’t forget, and I don’t mean this in a arrogant way, but we got promotion, we won the cup, we beat Celtic in the cup final and we were second in the league when what happened happened.

“I have fond memories of Rangers and I will also speak respectfully about Glasgow Rangers.”






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