Tottenham Hotspur youngster Dominic Ball enjoying Rangers loan spell

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

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Dominic Ball is understandably loving life regularly playing in front of more than 46,000 fans at Glasgow Rangers' Ibrox Stadium.

The 20-year-old Welwyn lad is in the middle of a season-long loan with the Scottish giants from Premier League Tottenham Hotspur.

Speaking exclusively to the Welwyn Hatfield Times, the central defender by trade said: “It’s great here, it’s unbelievable how big the club is.

“I was expecting it to be big before I got here, but it’s bigger than I could have imagined.”

Ball’s surprise move to Rangers came about after The Gers’ manager Mark Warburton, who had worked with the England U20 player during an earlier spell with the Watford academy, came calling.

The former Welwyn Pegasus youngster was playing for Spurs’ U21s last term and had a couple unused substitute roles with the first team, but he is now tasked with helping Rangers win the Scottish Championships, of which they are currently leading, and return to the Premier League.

On his initial move north of the border, he said: “To begin with I was quiet and just tried to prove myself to the players that were already here.

“They are proper nice guys and to be playing with people like Kenny Miller, Martyn Waghorn and others that have done well in the game is great, they push you on and that’s what you need.

“I’ve played 17 games now and that’s one of the main things, I’m hoping to get 10-15 more by the end of the season.”

Ball made his full Ibrox debut on October 17 against Queen of the South in front of 44,000 fans.

Recalling that day, he said: “My debut seemed to take ages to come around.

“When it did come we were losing 1-0, we equalised, but then missed a penalty in the last minute and it was not the debut I wanted.

“But then Martyn Waghorn scored in the 90th minute to win the game and the whole place was bouncing.

“It was unbelievable and left me thinking this is the feeling that makes all the hard work worthwhile.

“We are top of the league, into the final of one cup [the Scottish Challenge Cup] and into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

“I hope to be playing in the cup final and hopefully we’ll win it.

“It would be great to come back after the loan having helped the club win the league, get promotion and lift a cup.”

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