DOMINIC BALL has played in a Rangers shirt competitively for the last time this season but the English defender says that the Light Blues have left a lasting impression on him and made him a better player.
Ball joined the club at the start of the campaign on a season long loan from Tottenham Hotspur and the versatile defender has made 30 appearances for Mark Warburton as the Gers swept to the Championship title, the Petrofac Cup and secured a place in the Scottish Cup final.
Speaking recently to RangersTV, Ball said he is thankful for the opportunity that Warburton has given him and that the Gers have left a lasting impression on him.
He said: “From the first call, I knew it was going to be something exciting to be a part of. I worked with Mark Warburton at Watford and you can just tell when someone is a really good manager.
“He proved that at Brentford, and getting the opportunity to come here to such a big club with such a good manager was perfect for me.
“Whatever happens now, whether I ever play here ever again or not, I will always love Rangers.”
Ball reckons he has come on leaps and bounds both as a footballer and as a person during his stay in Glasgow.
His parent club have enjoyed an outstanding season and, while Ball is under no illusions as to how difficult it will be to break his way into the London club’s top-team squad, he is hopeful his performances here at Rangers will propel him into Maurico Pochettino’s thoughts.
He said: “I think I’ve improved massively – not just as a player, but as a person too. I’ve matured loads and the experience I have gained here I will have for the rest of my life.
“I can see it only benefitting me on my journey going forward wherever that may be.
“At Spurs, you see them in games and the intensity that they play at – and you can tell it’s definitely stepped up from last year.
“I haven’t been in and around it for a year and a half, but I think the experience I’ve had at Cambridge and here has helped me massively. Going back in I am hoping to be in and around it if the manager thinks I’m good enough and I deserve my place.”
Ball was interviewed for the A4 special final programme of the league season and this is just a short section of what the Spurs loan player had to say. You can read the full interview within the programme which is available to purchase online HERE.
There’s also exclusive interviews with all your favourite players, an extensive look at how the league was won, the Chairman Dave King, the view from the Rangers Academy, exclusive interviews with Matt Crooks and Josh Windass and much more.