It was always clear he possessed a great deal of talent as a striker, scoring six times in 11 appearances for the England Under-19 squad, but he was never able to carry over his international success to his domestic club.
Ranger was given every opportunity to succeed by the club, and at first, things looked like they would pan out.
After initially being labeled as a dangerous signing due to his 11 weeks spent in a young offender's institute for an armed robbery, Ranger impressed in his first start with the senior squad, being named Man of the Match on August 31st, 2009.
Since that time, however, Ranger has been arrested more times than he has scored for the club and has yet to score in the Premier League (his goals have either come during Newcastle's season in the Championship or in the League Cup).
After being arrested on suspicion of rape in January, it was clear Ranger had used up more than his fair share of last chances with the Magpies.
After gaining his release from Newcastle, Ranger immediately went to Twitter, stating, "I'm happy :)"
Newcastle fans will feel the same way.