If Newcastle fans are deluded then Nile Ranger really leaves them way behind.

The former United ‘player’ has given his side of the story to the Blackpool Gazette.

After reports he had gone AWOL earlier this season from Blackpool, Nile Ranger now claims it wasn’t his fault (just for a change).

The 24 year old hasn’t played since November but says despite what people think, there will be plenty of opportunities (McDonalds hiring?) ahead of him:

Blackpool Gazette:

“I was supposed to go to Leeds but it fell through and so I went to Blackpool as a platform and just took whatever deal.

“I am not on a lot of money there to be honest and they really took the mick.”

Minimum wage…:

“They put me on minimum wage and pay as you play.

“I wasn’t getting in squads and I was asking how am I supposed to fill my fridge if I’m not playing?”

AWOL again:

“I thought I should have been playing and I know people who do not know the situation will be thinking, ‘oh, he is AWOL again’.

“There are certain situations going on which no one knows about, it just didn’t work out with the manager (Lee Clark) and stuff.”

Plenty of opportunities…:

“There will be plenty of opportunities for me, people think my chances have run out but there will be plenty of things for me in the future.”

“To be fair, I lost the hunger, I go in and out of love with football and that happens when things don’t go my way.”