Time running out for NUFC star Ranger to net top-flight goal

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NILE Ranger admits time is running out for him to open his Premier League account this season.

Ranger only has three games left to net his first goal – and impress manager Alan Pardew ahead of next season.

The 20-year-old – whose only strike this season came in the Carling Cup – has just three games left to press his claims ahead of next season, when competition for places will undoubtedly be tougher.

Ranger most recently came off the bench in Newcastle’s 3-0 defeat at Anfield on Sunday.

But the striker – who Pardew feels isn’t ready to be regularly starting games in the top flight – couldn’t make an impact against Liverpool.

However, Ranger still feels he can open his Premier League account before the end of the season.

“The season’s still been a dream for me so far as a young player,” Ranger told SportMail.

“It’s been my first season in the Premier League, and coming on as sub at Anfield is big for me. To take on teams like Liverpool in the Premier League is all you can ask.

“I hope that I can put myself in the mind of the manager. Hopefully, the goal will come.

“It’s coming to the end of the season. I don’t know if I’m going to get the chance to score, but I appreciate that the manager sees me as a good player and plays me in games, even from the bench.

“I appreciate what the manager’s done for me.

“I’m still young. I’m only 20, and probably because the fans have seen me around for the last three years they think I’m older. I still have time to learn and I’m still learning.”

Read the full story in Tuesday’s Mail ...