Football - Ranger in from the cold for delayed Magpies

Forgotten man Nile Ranger will get a chance to prove his credentials in Bordeaux tomorrow night as manager Alan Pardew hands him a Europa League start.


The 21-year-old striker, whose off-field antics and persistent lateness had seen him fall dramatically in the pecking order at St James' Park, will start at the Stade Chaban-Delmas as the Magpies attempt to snatch back top spot in Group D in the final round of fixtures.

Ranger was among a party of 20 which belatedly left Tyneside after heavy snow kept them grounded for more than three hours at Newcastle airport.

He was included after Pardew saw a marked improvement in the attitude of a man whose last senior start for the club came against Aston Villa in April 2010.

Pardew said: "Nile will start. I think he's probably the story of the last two or three months in terms of a positive.

"He's been out of the papers, he's been on time for the last eight to 10 weeks and he's put in application on the training ground.

"I've never said to anyone 'It's all over, you're not getting a chance'. If you stick to the rules and put the ethic in, I'll give you a chance.

"And that's all it is for him at the moment, a chance, and we hope he takes it. We know he's got talent. Hopefully he puts it in on the pitch."

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