Dominic Ball reflects on Celtic shootout win

Rangers man Dominic Ball admits he was a touch relieved he didn't have to take a penalty versus Celtic.

Speaking to the club's official website, Rangers midfielder Dominic Ball has suggested he was glad that he did not have to take a penalty in the Gers' Scottish Cup semi-final shootout win over Celtic last month.

Mark Warburton's side booked a date with Hibernian in the final on April 17 after a thrilling Old Firm finished 2-2 after two hours of football, with Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic missing the decisive spot-kick in sudden death.

Ball - on loan at Rangers from Tottenham - was next in line to approach the spot but the Australian's miss spared him the mental anguish of needing to score to keep the Glasgow giants in the match.

Although the 20-year-old says he would've beaten Craig Gordon, Ball admits it was "quite nice" that he did not have to take one in the end.

“I was the next penalty taker, but I was confident. I had a good game, and you go up there and pick your spot, and I was confident I would have scored, although it was quite nice I didn’t have to take one!," he told the club's official website.

Rogic's penalty miss was perhaps a watershed moment in Warburton's Rangers career; the moment where it became obvious that the gap between the Gers - then in the Scottish Championship, though they won promotion this season - and Celtic was not all that vast.

Ball's comments might feel slightly odd to some Rangers fans. Okay he's young, and had never experienced an Old Firm atmosphere before, but admitting he was relieved not to have taken one is perhaps questionable. Fans of any club want their players to take responsibility no matter the situation, not shirk it.

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