The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

CON­TRO­VERSY has fol­lowed Nile Ranger through­out his ca­reer and af­ter his latest in­dis­cre­tions, man­ager Neil McDon­ald claims his time at Bloom­field Road is over.

De­spite go­ing AWOL un­der pre­vi­ous man­ager Lee Clark, Ranger was given another chance by McDon­ald but twice failed to re­port for Black­pool train­ing.

The 24-year-old had his con­tract ter­mi­nated by pre­vi­ous clubs New­cas­tle and Swin­don and also has crim­i­nal con­vic­tions for par­tic­i­pat­ing in a street rob­bery, be­ing drunk and dis­or­derly, and caus­ing crim­i­nal dam­age.

And McDon­ald says the striker, who called his Black­pool con­tract “a joke” on so­cial media last sea­son, doesn’t fit with what he is try­ing to do at Black­pool.

“Nile was sup­posed to be in on June 29 with the rest of the squad, but said he’d be back on July 15,” ex­plained McDon­ald. “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. I want play­ers who are com­mit­ted and he wasn’t.

“I’m try­ing to set an ex­am­ple for the rest of the play­ers here. I want play­ers who will give ev­ery­thing for the club and the sup­port­ers.”

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