RANGER: IT’S WAIT AND SEE BY CLUB

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By An­drew Law­ton

STRIKER Nile Ranger is fac­ing fresh is­sues at Southend United fol­low­ing a “breach of dis­ci­pline” which came to the club’s at­ten­tion this week.

The 25-year-old is fac­ing a sus­pen­sion, with Southend set to re­view their po­si­tion and con­sider all the op­tions avail­able to them – but no fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is ex­pected un­til next week.

Chair­man Ron Martin said: “This ap­pears to be the first mis­de­meanour since Nile came to the foot­ball club in July 2016, with other in­ci­dents being in the past.

“Since July, Nile’s be­hav­iour has been good. How­ever, we will not al­low any mat­ter to bring the club into dis­re­pute. That said, we will take a bal­anced view and come to a de­ci­sion once all of the in­for­ma­tion is un­der­stood.

“I have sup­ported Nile, along with (man­ager) Phil (Brown) and the other play­ers and we would all like to see him suc­ceed on and off the pitch, both as player and per­son.”

The striker had scored three goals and made one as­sist in his 14 League ap­pear­ances for Southend ahead of the week­end.

On Wed­nes­day, Ranger pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to de­fraud by ob­tain­ing bank de­tails and trans­fer­ring money in Fe­bru­ary 2015. A woman lost more than £2,000 in the in­ci­dent.

PROB­LEMS: Nile Ranger

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