Magpies boss backs Ranger

Pardew said Ranger, 20, had a future at the club if he could learn

to live with the responsibility of being a professional sportsman

in the Premier League. The London-born forward, of Edwins Avenue

South, Forest Hall, North Tyneside, pleaded not guilty to two

counts of common assault, two counts of assault occasioning actual

bodily harm and a separate count of being drunk and disorderly at

Newcastle Magistrates on Thursday. He is accused of assaulting two

revellers and two police officers outside a bar in Newcastle city

centre on August 27, and of being drunk and disorderly in Newcastle

on October 30. He will next appear before Newcastle Magistrates on

January 12 to be committed to Crown Court for the alleged assaults

and to face trial for being drunk and disorderly. Pardew said:

“This is a guy who has got real talent and he needs to understand

that there is a professionalism that comes with his football. “I

think he does understand that now.” He said he would try to arrange

a short-term loan deal to another club for Ranger to give him a

taste of first first-team football.