Clark blasts back at Ranger’s ‘rubbish’

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Lee Clark has hit back at Nile Ranger, branding the striker “totally unprofessional”.

The AWOL Blackpool frontman, who hasn’t turned up for training since November, said the club “took the mick” out of him with a pay-as-you-play contract, which left him with a basic weekly wage of £90.

The 24-year-old is virtually certain to be released by the Seasiders next week and Clark has no time for his protests.

He said: “Mr Ranger knew the contract he was signing and all this nonsense is totally unprofessional. They are people I don’t want in and around my club at all.”

Ranger had previous contracts with Newcastle and Swindon terminated before he was plucked from the

scrapheap by Clark’s predecessor Jose Riga last August.

Clark talked up the striker when he took over, vowing to bring the best out of the controversial player.

Now Clark sounds like he’s had enough. “I’m not the first and I won’t be the last to be let down by Nile,” he said.

“The issue seems to be to point the finger elsewhere. Everybody from Southampton, to Newcastle, to Swindon and now Blackpool are all wrong and Nile is right.

“There’s a talented boy there but it’s not just about being a footballer – it’s about being a supreme athlete and being the best you can be.

“It’s just rubbish, isn’t it? I’m sick of talking about it.”