McDonald opens door to Nile Ranger return

Blackpool's Nile Ranger

Blackpool's Nile Ranger

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Neil McDonald says he’d welcome Nile Ranger back to Bloomfield Road.

Almost six months ago the striker went AWOL from Bloomfield Road claiming his poor contract made it difficult to ‘fill his fridge’.

After being called totally unprofessionally by previous boss Lee Clark it looked like Ranger’s time at Bloomfield Road was over, only for the club to surprisingly activate an option to keep him for another 12 months.

This prompted yet another social media outburst from the striker, who’s career has been blighted by off the field drama.

But new boss McDonald has hinted he’d be willing to give the striker another chance.

“It will be interesting to see if he comes back on the 29th when we return for training,” said the Blackpool boss.

“I’ll deal with his future when he comes back for training.”

Undoubtedly talented, many feel a straight thinking Ranger could be an asset in League One for the Seasiders, although it’s unlikely he’ll ever play for the club again.

But the challenge of dealing with him doesn’t worry McDonald.

He said: “I’ve dealt with awkward players before.

“I’m only talking about on the pitch here, off it you just have to try and control it as much as you can.

“We’ll see how it goes if he turns up on the 29th.”