Rangers man all geared up for Old Firm showdown with Celtic

PUBLISHED: 11:35 15 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:35 15 April 2016

Rangers' Billy King (no17) celebrates his goal on his debut alongside Dominic Ball during the Ladbrokes Championship match at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow. Picture courtesy of Rangers FC/Kirk O'Rourke

Rangers' Billy King (no17) celebrates his goal on his debut alongside Dominic Ball during the Ladbrokes Championship match at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow. Picture courtesy of Rangers FC/Kirk O'Rourke

Rangers FC/Kirk O'Rourke

Rangers’ Dominic Ball may have just won his first cup since playing at U10s level but he believes this Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final against great rivals Celtic at Hampden Park is the biggest test of his short career.

Rangers' Dominic Ball during the Ladbrokes Championship match at Cappielow, Greenock. Picture courtesy of Rangers FC/Kirk O'RourkeRangers' Dominic Ball during the Ladbrokes Championship match at Cappielow, Greenock. Picture courtesy of Rangers FC/Kirk O'Rourke

The former Welwyn Pegasus youngster, on loan at Glasgow Rangers from Premier League title-chasers Tottenham Hotspur, helped his side secure promotion back to the Scottish Premiership after a four-year exodus with a Dumbarton win eight days ago and last Sunday, the Gers won the Petrofac Training Cup, beating Peterhead 4-0 at Hampden Park.

However, Ball believes this weekend’s Old Firm Derby eclipses that amazing league and cup double.

Ball told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “All our hard work this season has finally paid off in the last two weeks.

“We won the league quite comfortably and then we played really well in the cup final but we’ve had time to celebrate the last couple of results but now we’re focussed on Celtic. There is a massive buzz around the club.

“This is above any of the games we’ve had all season. This is probably the biggest game of my career and if I’m playing, it will definitely be an amazing day.”

Ball was lucky enough to start the Hampden final in central midfield, playing the whole 90 minutes.

He continued: “We were confident going into the game and we were firm favourites. We have a lot of belief in our ability and we just wanted to go out and enjoy the game, enjoy the whole event and let it take care of itself.

“For me, it was good to get a full game under my belt. It was hard at the start but as soon as I got into it you’ve got all the adrenaline of 50,000 fans cheering for you, it was fine after that.”

Ball could never have dreamt of such a fruitful spell at the club when he joined back in August.

“When i first came, I just thought I’m coming to get some games and then you start realising about the opportunities you’ve got and you start thinking about it more.

“After doing so well in the league, you realise there’s three trophies on the line and we’re in a very good position to win them so it’s nice to get two out of the three and hopefully we can beat Celtic and reach the final.

“Everyone at the club wants to beat them so we’ll do our best.”


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