Report claims Rangers have far from given up hope of keeping young defensive star

Mark Warburton is apparently still planning to keep Dominic Ball for the immediate future.

They are already looking ahead to a defining summer in the transfer market as they plan for a return to the Scottish Premiership, and the Scottish Sun report that Rangers are refusing to give up hope of keeping Tottenham Hotspur youngster Dominic Ball.

The England Under-20 international has enjoyed a fruitful season on loan at Ibrox, making 29 appearances in all competitions and becoming an important component in the club's defensive options.

His form for the Glasgow side has allegedly interested Spurs in bringing the versatile 20-year-old, who can play in the backline or in a defensive midfield position, back to White Hart Lane to play some part in their senior picture next season.

However, according to the Scottish Sun, Warburton has not given up hope of keeping the youngster beyond the end of this season, either through another loan spell or on a permanent deal.

Something which could be a decisive factor is Ball's relationship with Warburton, with the manager having coached the youngster during his days at Watford's academy.

Meanwhile, the paper also claims that Rangers' youth staff are considering a move for promising teenage Leicester City left-back Michael Kelly as they look to reinforce their options in that position.

The former Aberdeen youngster and ex-Scotland Under-17 international is thought to be seen by the Gers as a potential defensive star of the future.

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