DOM BALL could not hide his joy as he stood on the Hampden turf holding the Petrofac Training Cup yesterday.
The big Londoner, who again impressed in the holding midfield role as Rangers beat Peterhead 4-0, picked up his first winner’s medal as a senior player and it was a moment to savour for the on-loan Spurs starlet.
Still just 20, Ball has played a big part in the Light Blues’ Championship success this term, making 18 league appearances in total, but he admits that getting his hands on silverware at the national stadium was a special feeling.
Speaking to RangersTV, he said: “It means everything, to finally win a medal is brilliant.
“I think we obviously started off slow, just getting used to the pitch and stuff, but when we finally got going I thought the lads were top class.
We always look to score more than what we have and we’re always disappointed if we miss chances, but four-nil in a cup final is something to be proud of.”
Ball will now start to prepare for Sunday’s massive Scottish Cup semi-final showdown against Celtic and, if selected in midfield, he will have an important job in the middle of the park.
Getting the chance to walk out in front of over 40,000 Rangers fans at Hampden yesterday gave Dom a taste of what he can expect in six days, albeit a Scottish Cup semi-final clash against Celtic at the national stadium will be an altogether different experience.
He added: “I haven’t played for the last couple of weeks so it was good to get 90 minutes under my belt and obviously prepare for the game on Sunday.
“The fans are one of the main things about the club which makes it so great. They’ve supported us in every game this season, they’ve been brilliant.”