SWINDON TOWN: Town boss confirms Ranger's apology

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Mark Cooper shares a look with Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson Mark Cooper shares a look with Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson

MARK Cooper has confirmed that the Swindon Town players were consulted by the club’s management as they weighed up whether or not to keep Nile Ranger at the County Ground.

As revealed on www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk on Saturday, Ranger apologised to the Swindon squad at a training session on Thursday and - after discussing the issue with the forward’s teammates - Town decided against cancelling the former Newcastle man’s contract in Wiltshire, as they had previously intended to do.

Cooper remains unconvinced that Ranger is a changed man despite his public remorse, saying: “Nile came to me and wanted to apologise to the players. It was put to the players – did they want to give him another chance. I think in football terms they want him in the team but with the rest of the stuff off the pitch they feel very let down by him and they let him know that.

“They decided that we’re a better team with him in it. Words are cheap and I’ve heard it before from Nile. Let’s see. That’s two days he’s been on time, three would be a miracle so let’s see what happens.”

Taking the issues off the pitch to one side, Ranger’s presence evidently buoyed Swindon on Saturday as they saw off Peterborough United 2-1.

The hitman headed home his seventh goal of the season in the 28th minute to put Town in front before Yaser Kasim scored Swindon’s second in the 70th minute, which rendered Nathaniel Knight-Percival’s late strike for the visitors redundant.

Cooper said: “He scored a goal which we worked on. It was funny because I was sat in the directors’ box in the first half and there were a few old boys behind me when we played it short who were screaming ‘get it in the bloody box’.

“When it went in I had a nice little look round at them and thought ‘thank you for that’.

“What he does is he stops the ball coming back quicker than it would with anyone else. When he plays we’re a bit of a tougher opponent.”

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9:29am Mon 13 Jan 14

Adelaide Red says...

I am a firm believer of giving anyone a second chance and there is no doubt that the boy has talent. However, he has obviously upset individuals in the team and has had more than enough chances from Coops. Personally I think that he knows his time is up and he has to be on good behaviour and play out of his skin to secure a contact away from SN1.

STFC NEEDS TO FIND A REPLACEMENT NOW BEFORE THE TRANSFER WINDOW IS CLOSED
I am a firm believer of giving anyone a second chance and there is no doubt that the boy has talent. However, he has obviously upset individuals in the team and has had more than enough chances from Coops. Personally I think that he knows his time is up and he has to be on good behaviour and play out of his skin to secure a contact away from SN1. STFC NEEDS TO FIND A REPLACEMENT NOW BEFORE THE TRANSFER WINDOW IS CLOSED Adelaide Red
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10:30am Mon 13 Jan 14

Psychedelic Syd says...

"The hitman" - does Sam know something more about young Nile than the rest of us? Is there nothing the young scoundrel isn't capable of?!!!

All I know is that we look an awful lot better with him than without him. His intelligence on the field is remarkable. He runs into spaces, pulls players away to open up play like he did for Kasim's goal on Saturday, has almost supernatural control over the ball, great awareness of other players around him, he's got pace, he's good in the air and on the ground, skilful but unselfish, he has better defensive positioning at set pieces than any of our defenders, a calm temperament however much he is fouled, strength and courage too - if only he could grow up off the field, ditch his bad-influence "friends" and seize the opportunities that could come his way in the game. He is an exceptional talent and the most criminal thing he can do now is waste this last opportunity that our club has given him.
"The hitman" - does Sam know something more about young Nile than the rest of us? Is there nothing the young scoundrel isn't capable of?!!! All I know is that we look an awful lot better with him than without him. His intelligence on the field is remarkable. He runs into spaces, pulls players away to open up play like he did for Kasim's goal on Saturday, has almost supernatural control over the ball, great awareness of other players around him, he's got pace, he's good in the air and on the ground, skilful but unselfish, he has better defensive positioning at set pieces than any of our defenders, a calm temperament however much he is fouled, strength and courage too - if only he could grow up off the field, ditch his bad-influence "friends" and seize the opportunities that could come his way in the game. He is an exceptional talent and the most criminal thing he can do now is waste this last opportunity that our club has given him. Psychedelic Syd
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8:20pm Mon 13 Jan 14

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

You have to give credit though the Coopers style of man management.
You have to give credit though the Coopers style of man management. TheDukeOfBanbury
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