Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday has told the club's official website that he has been impressed with Dominic Ball's recent performances.
The Gers played out a 0-0 draw against Kilmarnock on Saturday afternoon, meaning they face a Scottish Cup replay with the Premiership side at Rugby Park next week.
For now though, manager Mark Warburton will be focusing his attention on the Championship clash away at Alloa Athletic on Saturday afternoon, where Rangers will be hoping to continue their charge towards promotion.
Two key players in that battle will be Rangers stars Andy Halliday and Dominic Ball, both of whom are likely to feature in midfield.
Halliday, a summer signing from Bradford City, had been occupying the holding role in midfield before Tottenham loanee Ball, 20, was given a chance to impress in front of the back four.
Primarily a centre back, Ball has impressed in defensive midfield, converting his position just as Spurs star Eric Dier has this season - and now he has earned praise from team-mate Halliday, who is likely to play a more attacking role if Ball starts in holding midfield again.
Speaking to Rangers' official website, Halliday says he doesn't mind where he plays, whether it's defensive midfield of further forward - but acknowledged that Ball has been superb of late, and deserves to keep his place in the Rangers team.
"My stance doesn’t change, I’m just happy if I’m playing football for Rangers, and whether that is holding midfield or further forward, I’m not too fussed," said Ball. "What I will say is that Dom Ball has come in and done really well. You have got to preach that within your players – you train well, you play well and you keep the jersey, it’s as simple as that and Dom deserves to keep the jersey."
"I have no qualms about that and I am happy to be further forward. I’ve said since the start of the season I think I have goals in my game and I managed to grab one against Raith and I was disappointed not to get on the scoresheet against Kilmarnock last weekend, but like I said, if that’s the position I play between now and the end of the season then I need to stake my claim to keep the shirt," he added.
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