Rangers midfielder Joey Barton “is unlikely to play for the club again,” according to a report.
The BBC claim that peace talks between the club and the player have reached a stalemate and the player, who is due back at training on Monday, will not return and his career at Ibrox is almost certainly over.
“Joey Barton will not report back for training at Rangers on Monday and is unlikely to play for the club again,” claim the Beeb.
Barton was suspended over a training-ground row in September when he apparently clashed with Andy Halliday as the squad reviewed the 5-1 hammering by Celtic.
The former Newcastle and QPR man has since been charged by the Scottish FA for breaching gambling rules and he was asked to attend a hearing at the Scottish Premiership club but declined their invitation.
Barton, who remains on full pay, joined Rangers from Burnley on a two-year £20,000-a-week contract in May after turning down the offer of a new deal at Turf Moor.
He made eight appearances before he was suspended by the club and the SFA then alleged that Barton had breached rules by placing 44 bets on matches between 1 July and 15 September.
Barton, who is expected to demand his contract is paid up in full, asked for more time to consider the SFA charge against him.