Nile Ranger still hoping for NUFC first-team chance

NILE Ranger is desperate to come in from the cold at Newcastle United.

Ranger has not made a first-team appearance so far this season – and his exile shows no signs of ending as the winter sets in.

But the 20-year-old netted twice for the club’s reserves in their 3-2 win over Liverpool at a chilly Whitley Park last night in front of watching assistant manager John Carver.

And Ranger is hopeful he can force his way back into Alan Pardew’s plans, having seemingly fallen behind teenager Sammy Ameobi in the pecking order at St James’s Park.

However, the assault allegation which is hanging over Ranger off the field is a concern for United, who were understood to be willing to cut their losses on the striker in the summer.

For his part, Ranger – who is under contract until 2016 – is refusing to give up on his Newcastle career.

“You can look at everything, and it has negatives and positives,” Ranger told SportMail.

“For me, I have to look at the positive side of it. I hope that I get my chance.

“My ultimate dream is still to play for Newcastle and score goals. I want to score goals for the first team, get on with all the players and make the fans sing my name - it’s all anybody wants.”

“Yes, it’s frustrating, but you just have to get on with it, I guess.

“You’ll have ups and downs in your career, and you just have to be strong enough to get through it. I’ve not had the chance this season, but Newcastle are doing very well.

“All I can do is keep working hard, getting games and looking sharp.”

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