Rangers' best defensive partnership is Ball and Kiernan, says Derek Johnstone

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Rangers should play Rob Kiernan and Tottenham youngster Dominic Ball in central defence.

Speaking to the Evening Times, Derek Johnstone has claimed that Rangers’ best defensive partnership is Dominic Ball playing alongside Rob Kiernan, with Danny Wilson left on the sidelines.

Johnstone said: “What Rangers do need at the heart of the defence is someone with a bit of pace and two players that will go and attack the ball in the air. For me, Dominic Ball and Rob Kiernan are probably the best partnership we have right now. Danny Wilson is a good player but he hasn’t had the start he would have been hoping for this season. Ball is better in the air and is quicker.”

All three centre-backs were brought to Ibrox over the summer, with Kiernan and Wilson arriving on permanent deals, and Ball signed on a loan deal from Tottenham Hotspur.

It was Kiernan and Wilson who started the campaign as the first choice centre-back pairing, although the latter found himself out of the team in recent weeks due to injury.

Ball came in, and impressed enough that Mark Warburton decided to include all three in his starting XI last weekend. Playing Hibs, Warburton changed his successful 4-3-3 to a 3-5-2, but it did not work too well, and it is expected he will recent to the 4-3-3 for Saturday’s visit of Alloa.

With Ball still impressing more than Wilson, Johnstone wants to see the Spurs loanee named alongside Kiernan in the centre-back duo, and that is the opinion shared by many fans.

Wilson has not impressed in the way that many expected him too, and although Ball has had to wait for his chance in the first-team, it now appears as if he is in the starting XI to stay.

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