Rangers loanee Dominic Ball outlines how important Old Firm contest is by explaining how many people contacted him for tickets

The Scottish Championship winners will face Celtic for a place in the final.

Rangers defender Dominic Ball has outlined the importance of Sunday's Old Firm contest by explaining that up to 50 people have contacted him following the Scottish Cup semi-final draw in an attempt to get tickets to the game, The Scottish Sun reports.

The clash against Celtic will be only the second since the Gers were demoted from the Scottish Premiership four years ago. And with the added significance of the winner earning a place in the final of the competition, Ball has suggested that the Hampden Park showdown will be the biggest occasion of his career so far, before explaining how that fact had not been lost on his friends and family.

"Sunday is probably going to be the biggest game of the season - the biggest game of my life - so I am going to relish it and go out and do a job," he told The Scottish Sun.

"As soon as the draw was made I had 40 or 50 people asking me for tickets. I had to say I would see what I could do but my family comes first and I couldn't promise them anything."

The 20-year-old has been impressive since he completed his loan switch from Tottenham last summer. He has proved that he is more than capable of playing in a holding midfield role, as well as his natural position of centre-back.

And while Mark Warburton could decide to pick Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson at the heart of the Gers' defence, the amount of attacking depth that Celtic boast - with Leigh Griffiths up front being supported by a cluster of exciting, attacking-minded wingers and midfielders - may persuade the former Brentford boss to pick Ball to sit just in front of the back four and provide further defensive support.

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