Nile Ranger Has Probably Played His Last Game For Newcastle

Nile Ranger has joined Sheffield Wednesday until the end of the season.

Nile Ranger – on loan at Sheffield Wednesday through end of the season

Since Nile is now fit again,  it is a chance for the 20 year-old to get his career on track again, and the loan deal was completed just before yesterday’s deadline for Football League loans.

Ranger had a short spell at Barnsley earlier this year, when he made just 5 appearances before he returned to Newcastle with an injury.

But since there seems no way he would be able to get games in the Newcastle first team this season, Alan Pardew has sent him out on loan to a club that James Tavernier was at earlier this season.

Ranger has  been in trouble again with the law, and he has already made two court appearances this week in front of Newcastle Magistrates.

The 20-year-old admitted to failing to keep his bail conditions, which were set while he awaits trial for four assault charges at Newcastle Crown Court in June.

Ranger was given a six-month conditional discharge earlier this week and ordered to pay court costs,  after admitting to a charge of being drunk and disorderly last October.

Nile Ranger could well have played his last game for Newcastle,  since both Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley will not look too kindly on his altercations with the law since last August.

But Nile has a contract through 2016 which is a good one, and it may be hard for other clubs to match the terms, so who knows,  perhaps he will be like Xisco and stay on Newcastle’s books being paid a decent wage, while he never plays for Newcastle again.

That’s even a likely scenario,  although Newcastle will try to sell him in the summer, but as we’ve seen with Xisco, that can be difficult when the lad’s on such a good wage.

Sheffield Wednesday are third top of League One and just two points behind Sheffield United for an automatic promotion place, and Chairman Milan Mandaric sacked manager Gary Megson in late February and replaced him with former Southampton, Wolves and Cardiff City manager, Dave Jones.

There’s still a slim chance that the  20 year-old can wake up and get his football career back on track, and even make it on Tyneside, but we have a feeling he’s missed the boat on that one.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 23, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Standing on a plug in the middle of the night is too good for Ashley.

  • spitfire_

    Mar 23, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #2

    “Nile Ranger Has Probably Played His Last Game For Newcastle”

    Amen to that.

  • jarnytoon

    Mar 23, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #3

    When they said….’Nile, we want you to be the next AC.’ i hope he didnt mean in everyway….like being a d!ck, getting sh!t faced all the time and slapping his missus about! He’s 20 so he’s got time to change, Xisco on the other hand…..well……tw@t pretty much sums him up!

  • liamgowland

    Mar 23, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Sadly, I’d say it is. The lad has bags and bags of ability. Alot of raw pace strength and can beat a man (I distinctly remember him making Michael Dawson look silly against Spurs last season and nearly tucking one away) and a great leap. But, most important of all, his head is just not fit for anything really. Only 20 year old, so hopefully he can turn it around, but optimism has waned substantially this last year.

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 23, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #5

    JFA….We’re on to you. I know you’re thinking “A giant great big hug is what Ashley deserves”. Give up the charade….enjoy life 🙂

    I imagine Nile has finished here now. Let’s hope he plays well so another club come in for him this summer.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 23, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Just been looking at Rangers stats,63 appearances 3 goals I know a lot of them were subs but that is a terrible return even taking his age into account,but then you could argue that he should have been at a league one side banging them in for fun instead of being the main striker at such an early age.

  • Dannyo

    Mar 23, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #7

    The lads essentially a skinnier Drogba. Same build, just a bit more raw.

  • Owldman

    Mar 23, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Problem with Ranger ! too much money too early in his career.The same thing probably happens to young players at other clubs but we dont read or hear about it in our local press.Recall a very promising young Toon player losing the sight in one eye after being glassed in a city center pub where he had went in the afternoon after training.This incident ended his career.

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 23, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Dannyo….Ranger is essentially a skinnier Drogba? Besides goal scoring ability?

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 23, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #10


    Please explain how Xisco is a tw@t? as you so eloquently put it.
    Its not his fault we signed him and offered him silly wages, that was Dennis Wise.
    Yes I agree he is poor and needs to be shipped out but the blame does not lie at his door surely…


    Morning Gents, anyone seen the article in The Journal Re our Youth recruitment….??

    Sounds promising…I expect an article from The great one Forthwith.


  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 23, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #11


    Skinnier Drogba…….Really mate…Really?

  • markmac

    Mar 23, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #12

    I think the sack is a possibility if we cant ‘shift’ him, someone remind me who actually signed him as a prospect? was it before dennis wise? or can he be blamed for that aswell as xisco?

  • liamgowland

    Mar 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #13

    Hahahaha!! I think the lad has talent, but a skinny Drogba?! One of the best srikers of the last 20 years, completely unplayable on his day, comfortbale of his left and right foot. And then Nile Ranger. Can’t score full stop! Still young, so fingers crossed he’ll come good and stop being a c**t. I’ll not hold my breath mind.

  • JDdubai

    Mar 23, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Depending on what kind of wages he is on I can see him staying at Newcastle a la smith as Championship clubs wont be able to match his wages I wouldnt have thought…maybe if he keeps his head down on loan this season and maybe next then he may get another chance further down the line….

    Who knows what the future brings, who would have thought Tevez would be playing for Man City again this season???

  • geoff777

    Mar 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #15

    A young promising striker on our books …

    You have to hope he becomes an amazing goal-scorer.

    Good luck at Sheff. Wed, Nile.


  • jakesome

    Mar 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #16

    lets get rid of this mug and replace him with rhodes

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 23, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #17

    this is the prime moment to sack him with a rap sheet as long as his arm. If we don’t, we’ll end up paying silly wages for 5 years

  • geordiejamie89

    Mar 24, 2012 at 4:44 AM

    Comment #18

    WOW. Drogba and Ranger are nothing alike? What are the similarities? Drogba has a great footballing attitude, and can score goals and apart from the fact he plays for Chelsea, there’s not much to not like about him. Ranger is a spoilt brat, who thinks he’s gangster. He can’t score, his first touch is terrible, he doesn’t seem to be able to read the game. That can only improve so much with age. Get rid of the tossbag, offer him to any team, just so long as he’s off the books. I’m sure there’s plenty young people would do much better in his place aswell. Preferably a young geordie.


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