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Liverpool great Souness wants Barton to sort Rangers differences

Liverpool great Graeme Souness has urged Rangers midfielder Joey Barton to sort out his differences with the club.

The 34-year-old has been banished from Rangers' training ground following a bust-up with team-mate Andy Halliday and his manager Mark Warburton.

The former Newcastle United, Manchester City, Queens Park Rangers, Marseille and Burnley man has insisted that he has no intention of walking away from the Scottish giants despite copping a three-week expulsion for his actions.

Rangers have picked up only nine points from their opening seven Scottish Premiership league fixtures this term, and former 'Gers midfielder and manager Souness believes that Barton's experience could prove to be vital to Warburton's team.

"Joey has played at a high level, he's played in the Premier League. We were doing some TV work for the Euros together in Dublin during the summer. When he spoke about football he was very, very knowledgeable," Liverpool legend Souness said on Sky Sports.

"He spoke very well and he expressed his real desire to be a coach or a manager one day. He is 34, you would like to think he is in a position now where he is capable of helping some of the young guys that he is playing with.

"Rangers do have a young team and they would need that help from senior players. I am a great believer in football clubs, you've only got a chance of doing well when you have good senior pros.

"Do I hope it does get resolved? Most certainly, because he has something to offer. He has something to offer football."

However, Souness refused to comment on the bust-up story.

"I can't comment on what happened because I don't know," he added.

"I have met Joey and I have found him to be charming, intelligent, a football nut and I know he was desperate to come here and do well.

"But somehow he has got himself into this predicament and I like to think that the manager, who seems to be a calm and level-headed human being, will resolve it and get the best out of Joey Barton because he certainly still has a lot to offer Rangers in terms of playing football.

"But it has to be on the manager's terms - not on Joey's."

Vyom Chaudhary
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