Striker Nile Ranger still has no future at Blackpool – despite being videoed training in the club’s kit this week.
The 24-year-old uploaded two posts to his Instagram account on Tuesday which showed him in training attire while running up sand dunes as he was watched by a coach.
Ranger failed to show up for the first day of pre-season earlier this summer, despite the League One club surprisingly taking up the one-year option on his contract, and manager Neil McDonald informed the ex-Newcastle and Swindon man he would not be given another chance when he eventually returned to Bloomfield Road.
And Wallsend-born McDonald insisted at his pre-match press conference today that that stance had not been shifted and that a first-team return for Ranger is still not an option.
“There’s no U-turn; he’s got no future at the football club,” McDonald, whose side currently prop up the third tier, told BBC Lancashire.
“Through his contractual obligations we have to try and get him fit, when he turns up, if he turns up, whenever he turns up. We’re available for him but he won’t train with the first team and he won’t train anywhere near the ground.
“As I said two months ago, he’s got no future as long as I’m the manager here.”
Ranger has not played for Blackpool since November and has angered a series of managers since with social media rants and by going AWOL.