After having his electronic tag removed on Friday, former NUFC striker Nile Ranger was able to play in Southend’s 4-2 win at Fleetwood on Saturday and marked his return with a goal – however his celebration that followed has caused controversy.
The 26-year old is rarely far from controversy, having been released from a prison sentence last month after admitting to online banking fraud which saw a woman lose over £2,000.
He returned to the football pitch on Saturday however and took no time to make the headlines once again – for both good and bad reasons.
Ranger scored from the spot to put Southend 3-1 up, but what followed has caused controversy, with the striker pretending to use his boot as a gun during his goal celebration:
— Edward (@PinophytaEd) September 23, 2017
Our very own Aleksandar Mitrovic may do gun-shot signs after he scores, but given the infamous Ranger has a history with guns – having sparked outrage when he was pictured with one during his time at Newcastle – it was bound to be deemed controversial.
Ranger has created a reputation for himself and although it looked like he was about to make the headlines for scoring goals, it seems he just couldn’t help resist.
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Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.