Pardew fires Ranger warning
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has warned troubled striker Nile Ranger that his footballing future is on the line if he fails to clean up his act.
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Ranger was convicted of two counts of assault against a police officer this week after admitting the charge. This followed a drink-driving conviction from November 2011, while in March this year the 21-year-old striker was convicted of being drunk and disorderly.
Pardew, who has previously tried to offload the youngster, has not allowed Ranger to train with the first team this season, a situation he intends to keep until December, and feels that Ranger could be risking his professional career through his off-field misdemeanours and attitude.
"I think I've been fair with him," Pardew told the Daily Express. "This guy is late so often it is unbelievable.
"He's still at this football club and we're trying to do something with him. But he will not get back into the team unless he has a period of six weeks where he isn't late.
"I don't think it is going to happen. It is important I'm not going to let him train with the first team because he is letting the other players down."
Pardew feels that the lack of interest shown in his striker should serve as a warning as to the risks Ranger is taking with his future.
He added: "The bottom line is that we haven't got four or five clubs queuing up. In fact, we haven't got one club queuing up for him.
"That should be alarm bells in his head to get his act in order. But maybe he doesn't want to be a footballer.
Ranger, who was loaned to Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday last season, has made 24 Premier League appearances for Newcastle.