McDonald: No way back for Ranger at Pool

Nile Ranger won't play for Pool again
Nile Ranger won't play for Pool again
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Neil McDonald insists there’s been no U-turn over controversial striker Nile Ranger.

The previous AWOL man appeared to have turned up for training at Bloomfield Road this week after almost ten months absent without leave.

Ranger was pictured in The Gazette earlier this week training on the sand dunes in St Annes wearing Pool kit, prompting talk McDonald was set to welcome him back into the first team fold.

But McDonald revealed Pool are contractually obliged to provide Ranger with facilities to train.

“There’s no u-turn, he has no future at the football club,” insisted McDonald.

“He’s training through his contractual obligations and we have to try and get him fit when he turns up, if he turns up.

“We have to make ourselves available for him to train.

“He won’t be training with the first team or anywhere near the ground.

“He’s got no future as long as I am the Blackpool manager.”

News of Ranger’s reappearances is yet another distraction for Pool as McDonald aims to rebuild what many feel is a broken club.

But he hopes talk of a Rangers comeback will now be a thing of the past.

He said: “I’m not talking about him, it’s just the media. So let’s move on.”

Blackpool travel to Shrewsbury tomorrow with a fully fit squad to chose from as they aim to drag themselves off the bottom of the League One table.

The Shrews, managed by former Pool midfielder Micky Mellon, sit in 19th place after a difficult start to their campaign after promotion from League Two this summer.

And McDonald is pleased to report a fully fit squad.

“Everyone’s as they are squad wise, everyone is training and we are in pretty good shape. We have Jarrett Rivers back training, which is a bonus.”

Rivers has struggled to adapt to life in the professional game so far since his summer move from Blyth Spartans.

But McDonald has backed him to come good.

“Jarrett is a young kid coming in from non-league and pre-season was tough for him to be fair,” he said.

“He played a couple of games in pre-season and looked decent but has picked up a couple of niggles.

“That’s always going to happen when you make the step up from non-league to professional football.”