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League One club deliberate over signing Nile Ranger

1 year ago
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Former Newcastle player Nile Ranger hasn’t played competitive football for 10 months now.

The striker wasting yet another opportunity when sacked from a long-term contract at Southend, where he couldn’t even be bothered to turn up for training on time.

It is a familiar story for somebody who has been given more chances than he deserves.

Newcastle United is by far the biggest club he has been at and he was given the push for taking liberties, particularly a dreadful record with time keeping.

Oxford United are the latest to give the now 27 year old a chance, Nile Ranger having been training with the club in recent weeks.

Manager Karl Robinson says the player’s punctuality has been ok so far but that he has still to decide whether to offer a contract.

Under pressure from fans to add more goals, Oxford have only scored 20 goals in 17 league matches and are fourth bottom in League One.

Oxford got a 1-1 draw at Sunderland in September and in February they host the Mackems, interesting to see if Nile Ranger is still around then.

Karl Robinson speaking to BBC Oxford:

Nile Ranger still has a lot to prove to me.

“It is a decision I have to make with the club in mind.

“He has certainly performed well in training and in games whilst we’ve had him here,

“Hopefully (though) fans will appreciate it’s a decision that’s not just going to be on a whim because it is desperate.

“It has to be right for the football club first and foremost.

“Hopefully, Nile Ranger falls into the morals and personal standards that I believe this club should uphold.

“But at the same time, I don’t like to prejudge people without getting to know them, regardless of the past.

“You serve your sentence and you should be judged on who you are today.”

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