McDonald questions Oyston as Ranger wreaks ‘havoc’

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Neil McDonald can’t understand why Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston is refusing to sack Nile Ranger, saying the striker is causing “havoc” at the club.

The 24-year-old showed up at Bloomfield Road last week, almost 10 months after going AWOL and having been told by McDonald to stay away.

It’s another needless off-field distraction the manager is having to contend with.

Asked by The Gazette why he is putting up with Ranger, McDonald replied: “You’d have to ask the chairman about that. I’ve made my feelings known.

“The players has no future at this club. You’ll have to ask the hierarchy why he is still here.”

After Pool’s bizarre decision to renew Ranger’s contract for this season, he was turned away by McDonald when he finally reported in late for pre-season training.

Last week he showed up again and posted videos on Instagram of himself in a Pool training kit on St Annes beach, but McDonald revealed Ranger has since gone missing once more.

“Nobody needs this, me or the lad,” he said. “He can come back and put things on social media showing him training and grafting, but he’s not really. He’s come back to cause a bit of havoc and some headlines.

“He didn’t even turn up on Friday, so that’s what we are having to deal with.

“I’ve been told we have to make facilities available to him and that’s what we’ll do,” added McDonald, after Ranger insisted on his right to train at the club as a contracted player. “But he certainly won’t come into the fold here and he won’t come into the team, that’s for sure.”

Ranger had his contract terminated at previous clubs Newcastle and Swindon.