Nile Ranger is undoubtedly the gift that keeps on giving, a person who looks in the mirror and sees something that nobody else can.
Newcastle United thankfully threw him out in the middle of a ridiculously long five year contract he’d been given, with Swindon then also becoming sick of his behaviour and pushing him out of the door.
Nile Ranger was just one of the many gifts we have to thank Dennis Wise for, with the former Director of Football bringing the waster to St James Park.
Blackpool are the latest to finally finally have had enough of him.
Former Blackpool manager Lee Clark washed his hands of Ranger last season after the striker went AWOL for five months and now current boss Neil McDonald has also ‘seen’ more than enough of him.
Despite his appalling conduct last season, Nile Ranger was given another chance to play for Blackpool this season and was due to report for training with the rest of the players on June 29.
However, the former Newcastle player decided that was too early for him and informed the club he would instead start training over two weeks later on July 15.
Surprise surprise, he didn’t turn up then either and instead waltzed in on July 29, only 10 days before Blackpool’s first league match of the season.
Now former Newcastle player and current Blackpool boss Neil McDonald, says that he can no longer risk allowing Nile Ranger to set such a bad example to he rest of the squad and he was no longer wanted.
“Nile Ranger was supposed to be in on June 29 with the rest of the squad but said he’d be back on July 15. He didn’t arrive on that date and instead came in on July 29.
“I told him it wasn’t personal but he wasn’t in my plans now at Blackpool. I want players who are committed and he certainly wasn’t as he didn’t come in when he should have. I’ve nipped it in the bud now.”
“I’m trying to set an example for the rest of the players here, who have turned up and who give everything. I want players who will give everything for the club and the supporters.”
Nile Ranger is now 24 and only last November had this to say….:
November 2014 – Nile Ranger
“Everyone makes mistakes in life, I was young and getting a lot of money coming in, doing stupid things.
“Now it is time to focus, I’m not getting any younger, I’m twenty three.”
However, only a few weeks later….
December 2014 – Lee Clark
“If anyone can let us know where Nile Ranger is then send me a letter and we will go from there.
“I don’t know where he is and I haven’t seen him for more than two weeks. He’s been asked to report into training and has been asked to play in games and he hasn’t been seen.
“We’ve told him of the training schedule but he’s decided that’s not in his plans. When he’s had a little bit of a disappointment of not being in the squad it’s made him go AWOL. I don’t really know where he is.”
May 2015 – Nile Ranger
“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.”
“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?”
I think we all know who it is really taking the mick!