Newcastle terminate Ranger deal

Hamilton have doubts over forwards Jon McShane and Andy Ryan

ahead of Saturday’s Scottish Cup quarter-final tie against


McShane recently returned from a cruciate ligament injury but

has suffered a minor tweak in his other knee, while Ryan has a


Accies manager Billy Reid will assess both players ahead of the


Falkirk midfielder Craig Sibbald will miss the game after a

setback in his recovery from injury.

The teenager recently fought back from an ankle injury but broke

down during an U20 game in midweek.

The Bairns otherwise have a full squad for the trip to New

Douglas Park.

The teams are both currently in mid-table in the Irn-Bru First

Division and both their league matches at New Douglas Park this

term have ended in 1-1 draws.

The 21-year-old was in late January released on bail after being

arrested on suspicion of rape.

A statement from the club on Friday said: “Newcastle United can

confirm that Nile Ranger has today left the club by mutual


The England Under-19 international has recently had running

battles with Newcastle supporters via social networking site

Twitter, but on Friday night used his account simply to say, “I’m


The London-born Ranger came through the ranks at Newcastle, but

only five of his 51 league appearances have come as starts, and he

has scored just three goals in all competitions since making his

debut in 2009.

He has also spent time out on loan at Barnsley and Sheffield


In January, he was held by Northumbria Police following an

allegation made by a woman that she was attacked at a hotel in

Jesmond, Newcastle on the night of January 23/24.

His arrest came after Ranger angered Newcastle fans by

criticising them for booing after Newcastle lost to Reading the

previous weekend.

He went on to enrage them by apparently spelling his name out in

?20 notes and posting a photo online.