Blackpool's Riga not surprised with Nile Ranger's 'stupid' behaviour

Nile Ranger had a violent outburst on Twitter having been left out of Blackpool’s matchday squad on Tuesday.

23-year-old Ranger holds an extremely negative reputation in English football, with a number of criminal convictions preventing his progression from a highly rated youth star.

He was dropped from Southampton’s academy after issues with his personal life, before starting his career proper with Newcastle, scoring just two goals in 51 league games, before leaving the North East in a haze of controversy. He completed a switch to Swindon Town in August 2013, scoring seven goals in a lone season in League One, terminating his contract three months before signing for Blackpool.

He has made seven appearances for the Championship bottom club, scoring one goal, although he was left out of head coach Jose Riga’s matchday squad on Tuesday night, as the Tangerines drew 1-1 at Middlesbrough.

In response, Ranger had an expletive fuelled rant on Twitter, but Riga was not surprised to see someone of Ranger’s reputation take to social media to express his anger.

The Belgian coach told the Blackpool Gazette: “Is it a big surprise with Nile Ranger? No.

“There are rules in the club and as the manager I decide who is part of the 18 man squad and who isn’t.

“Nile knew exactly why he wasn’t in the squad as I explained it to him, they all know.

“He’s stupidly used this way to speak about his problem, and it’s his problem.

“He knew exactly what I thought before the game and he knows exactly what I thought after he did that.

“He can give me all the explanation, but it’s about him now.”

Ranger is expected to be on his last chance on the route to professional football, and Riga is confident that he will overcome any problems, with the player’s career teetering on the edge of collapse.

He added: “I’ve spoken to him and for him Blackpool is his last opportunity.

“If he misses this opportunity it will be more his problem than mine.

“This won’t change my thoughts for tomorrow’s game though, we’ve spoken about the issue and resolved it.”

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