Nile Ranger hasn’t played football for nine months and hasn’t had a club since Southend sacked him back in January.

However, he insists ‘But I haven’t been in trouble for ages. Southend only got rid of me for lates.’

As well as all of his problems with the police, Nile Ranger has repeatedly proved incapable of turning up to training on time.

Newcastle United sacked him when he was 22 for these reasons and earlier this year League One Southend did the same.

Nile Ranger turns 28 in April and says he is desperate for one more chance, reading his quotes it is hard to believe that he has any serious chance of curing his lateness problem.

When you think of all the kids who end up not making it, it is just plain embarrassing that Nile Ranger couldn’t even be bothered.

At the age of 27 he has only started 69 league matches in his entire career…

Nile Ranger talking to The Sun:

“I’ve been sacked from a few clubs, which is obviously not good.

“But I haven’t been in trouble for ages. Southend only got rid of me for lates, which was stupid on my part.

“Everyone is late now and again but I can’t be. Simple as.

 “I look in the mirror and I’m like, ‘You are actually growing up but you have to work on your timekeeping’.

“I would wake up late and try to sneak into training in the back entrance.

“There were times where I would be up to an hour late.

“The players were getting on to me saying ‘Nile, stop taking the p…, you need to get with it because you are turning us against you’.

“The gaffer, Phil Brown, was telling me the same thing. They just wanted to help me but I wasn’t listening.

“But eventually the chairman, Ron Martin, pulled the plug and said enough is enough. I can have no complaints. Ron bent over backwards for me. Players wondered why I got special treatment but he just wanted me to get back to the top.

 (On going to jail last year) “I got caught up in something and it got messy. I think I just wanted to be a bit greedy.

“Lockdown in jail was stiff. I was banged up for 23 hours a day with cockroaches coming through my cell. And the food was shocking.

“I think some of the guvs knew who I was and some would try and mistreat me but I just got through it. I knew a few people in there and I know how to hold my own.

“There was a little incident when I got my cousin to post on Instagram about Cheick Tiote when he died.

“I spoke to him on the phone and gave him my password but I didn’t know at the time my cell-mate had been hiding a phone.

“They thought it was me that posted it on Instagram. I had an adjudication and they said I was not guilty and because I behaved well, I did only two-and-a-half months and then came out on a tag.

“My time inside made me reflect and think ‘I need to focus’ but I came out and lateness let me down, which is crazy.”

  • Steven05

    Just reading what he has said, he sounds like such a pr!ck. We don’t need any more articles on this person.

  • Kneebotherm8

    A total waste of space……

  • mactoon

    Quite a CV that article

  • Billmag

    He’s never been our problem for 6 year goodness knows why the Mag has highlighted this waste of space please let that be the last we hear about him.

  • 45709

    Never have I been so sickened to my core, I’ve been made redundant 3 times, my little girl born disabled, has cancer and needed heart surgery. This guy could of been made but has no time keeping and went to jail! Here’s a story about the hard done guy, thanks. At least I know there’s people worse off than me

    • Tweed Mag

      I think everyone who reads your post will be rooting for your daughter. You have put everything in to perspective.

      • 45709

        Thank you for your kind words, I appreciate it and I’m sure my wife and beautiful baby girl will too.

        It really annoyed me this and I bit like a fool myself.

        Thanks again

        • Paul Patterson

          A brat given the world at his feet and he can shamelessly throw it away many times. You and your family have real world problems. Best of luck to you and your family.

    • JohnnyH

      Hope everything works out for you and your family pal
      Best wishes

    • Cockneytrev

      Good luck to you and your family in the future,, I hope everything turns round for you and I’m sure the rest of the mag readers feel the same,,,

    • Themoscow72

      Good luck to you and your family and if you and your daughter want to go in a box later in the season let me know and will sort.

  • grantham mag

    The cockroaches must have hated having to share a cell with this waste of space

  • Mrkgw

    Such a wasted opportunity. Just maybe, in years to come, Nile will realise what he could have achieved but blew it. And for what at the end of the day. Real shame.

  • Jonathan Gibson

    A lot of nile rangers media stories relate to his troubled mind and discipline, i personally just thought he was sh£te..

  • Paul Patterson

    Only an idiot would chuck the chances he’s had away. Animals learn quicker than this buffoon . .

  • Wor Lass

    If he really has woken up to what a [email protected] he`s been all these years then he`s young enough to do something – at least at a lower level. I used to go to home matches when he was around the first team and I thought he looked promising – but he`s blown it big time. Unfortunately, the best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour so he`s probably going to be unemployed and in jail before too long.

    • Alex

      With a little word edit here or there, you could write exactly the same relating to Ashley!

  • Themoscow72

    Once spoke to a taxi driver who used to pick him up and he said that if he had to wait twenty minutes for him to come out the door that was good and that was in the evenings. When he first came to Newcastle my mate put him up and he was a nightmare compared to Tim Krul and Charles N’zogbia. Looks like he will never change.

  • robbersdog

    The guy’s a complete idiot and any manager who signs him is also a complete idiot.

  • Philippines

    I think this site should stop articles about Ranger. How long does this stupid re-hashing of garbage about a no-count go on?

    • Cockneytrev