Rangers boss Warburton raves about Dominic Ball's recent displays during Ibrox loan

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has hailed Dominic Ball.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told the club's official website that he thinks Dominic Ball has played 'exceptionally well' in recent weeks.

Warburton has worked wonders at Rangers so far, leading the club to an eight point lead at the top of the Scottish Championship ahead of this weekend's game against Alloa Athletic.

Warburton has been able to call upon Wes Foderingham, James Tavernier, Rob Kiernan, Jason Holt and Martyn Waghorn as consistent performers throughout the season, but the Gers boss has also seen Dominic Ball become an important player in recent weeks.

The 20-year-old is currently on a season-long loan deal from Tottenham Hotspur, who loaned him to Rangers in a bid to give him more first-team football following a spell with Cambridge United last season.

Primarily a centre back, the former Watford youngster has become a defensive midfielder in recent weeks, following in the footsteps of Tottenham star Eric Dier, who has also made the same position switch this season.

Now, Gers manager Warburton has told the club's official website that he thinks Ball has done 'exceptionally well' in recent weeks, and has been delighted with how he has fared in his new position.

"I think Dom has done exceptionally well," said Warburton. "For a young 20-year-old centre half on loan to be asked to play in a big game against Falkirk out of position and in front of 47,000 fans. To play to that level was a fantastic achievement by Dom and to show again in the next game the same level of consistency and defensive awareness and good use of the football, encouragement and communication to his team-mates."

"I think it’s outstanding, so he’s posed another selection headache. He has shown he can sit in that number 4 role for us and play a really key role. I’m delighted by that and by his overall contribution," he added.

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