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
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
He went on to enrage them by apparently spelling his name out in
?20 notes and posting a photo online.