Nile Ranger has received his latest setback after Neil Warnock decided not to offer him a contract.

The former Newcastle striker turns 25 in April and had been training with Rotherham but manager Warnock says he is weeks away from being fit enough and so, would be no use for the couple of months worth of games that remain.

Nile Ranger hasn’t kicked a ball in anger since November 2014 when he turned out for Blackpool, ironically in a match at Rotherham.

Ranger was subbed off at half-time in that game and after messing Blackpool about, he was dropped from the team and then told not to bother even turning up for training as they’d had enough of him.

After Blackpool agreed to release him from his contract, it allowed Nile Ranger to train with Rotherham – but after so long without football and proper training, Warnock says he is way off Championship level fitness.

The Rotherham boss has his team in 22nd place (third bottom) in the Championship and claims there has been some interest from clubs in lower leagues

Warnock says his decision is nothing to do with Nile Ranger’s ‘reputation and says he would consider looking at the out of work striker again in the summer.

Neil Warnock:

“We are not going to take him on.

“It’s nothing to do with his reputation. What I have said to him is, we haven’t really got time. He is a couple of weeks from Championship level fitness.

“If I’m at the club – or wherever I am – in the summer, he’s quite welcome to come and do a pre-season with me and see what happens from there.

“His attitude has been good with me.

“He shouldn’t be where he is at the moment with his ability – but he’s done well here.

“One or two clubs lower down than the Championship have asked about him so whether he goes to one of those to the end of the season I don’t know.