NILE Ranger’s desperate to come in from the cold at Newcastle United.
Ranger hasn’t 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.
Ranger, pictured, 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 said.
“For me, I have to look at the positive side of it. I hope 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.
“All I can do is keep working hard, getting games and looking sharp.”
A loan to a Championship club has been mooted, but Ranger added: “I don’t think that loan’s even an option at the moment, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
Michael Richardson was also on target in what was Willie Donachie’s first game in charge of Newcastle’s second string.
Ranger could have had a hat-trick – the Londoner had a penalty saved and hit the post with a header – and he was grateful of the opportunity against a young Liverpool side in the Premier Reserve League fixture.
“You have to get your goals – they don’t do you any harm,” said Ranger.
“I probably could have had more than two, I hit the post as well, it could have easily been a hat-trick.”