Rangers boss raves about Tottenham loanee Dominic Ball after he does an Eric Dier

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Rangers' Spurs loanee Dominic Ball has made the switch from defence into midfield.

Rangers loanee Dominic Ball may just have carved himself a new role at Rangers, after getting the nod to play in midfield.

The centre-back featured in midfield against Raith Rovers on Tuesday night for the second game in a row, and was effective in shielding the back four, with Rangers pulling off a 1-0 away win - with a impressive clean sheet.

Manager Mark Warburton was delighted with Ball's display, quoted by the Mail telling Rangers TV: "'I thought Dom Ball was excellent sitting in front of the back four.

"He was tidy, he was neat in what he did. So I'm really pleased with Dom. The centre-halves were strong as well.'

The move is reminiscent of Eric Dier's transformation at Tottenham Hotspur from a centre-back, to playing in defensive midfield.

His performances have been outstanding, earning him an international call-up for England in the position, and a spot at Euro 2016 is likely, especially given his versatility.

By the same token, Ball's versatility is likely to give him more chance of progress at Tottenham Hotspur, which will be needed particularly because of the strong centre-backs already at the club, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, and Kevin Wimmer.

Ball, 20, has made 10 first team starts in the league for Rangers this season, with these two matches in midfield, coming as a result of suspension to Andy Halliday, his first in 2016.

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