The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ben Baker

BLACK­POOL man­ager Neil McDon­ald in­sists con­tro­ver­sial striker Nile Ranger has no fu­ture at the club, de­spite a shock ap­pear­ance at train­ing this week.

Ranger, who moved to the Seasiders last year af­ter hav­ing his Swin­don con­tract can­celled by mu­tual con­sent be­cause of a num­ber of dis­ci­plinary is­sues, had his Black­pool deal ex­tended this sum­mer, but was then told he could leave the club in July.

The 24-year-old, who hasn’t ap­peared for the Seasiders since Novem­ber 2014 and has re­port­edly not even been at the club since De­cem­ber, posted a video on so­cial media on Tues­day which ap­peared to show him in a Black­pool train­ing kit.

Yet McDon­ald says there has been no change on Ranger’s fu­ture.

“There is no U-turn. He has no fu­ture at the football club,” said McDon­ald.“His con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions mean we have to try and get him fit when he turns up, if he turns up, when­ever he turns up.

“So we’re avail­able for him, but he won’t train any­where near the first team.

“As I said two months ago, he has no fu­ture as long as I am the man­ager here.”

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