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Ranger 'unlikely to play for Toon again'

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said he does not believe striker Nile Ranger will ever get back into the Magpies' first team.

Earlier this week, Ranger, 21, was given a 12-month conditional discharge after admitting assaulting two police officers last August of last.

He was also ordered to pay £750 to each officer, but was cleared of two counts of actual bodily harm at a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court.

Pardew indicated that he was losing patience with the player, saying: "I think I've been fair with him. This guy is late so often, it is unbelievable. He's still at this football club and we're still trying to do something with him.

"But he will still not get back in the team unless he has a period of six weeks where he isn't late. I don't think it is going to happen."

Speaking at a recent fans' dinner, Pardew had said that Ranger would not play under him again. He explained that the player had been removed from first team training and said other clubs had shown no interest in signing him.

"It is important - I'm not going to let him train with my first team because he is letting the other players down," Pardew said.

"The bottom line is 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."