Would Tottenham youngster Dominic Ball regret turning down chance to sign with Rangers permanently?

Rangers' Dominic Ball celebrates at the end of the match

If Dominic Ball turned down a chance to sign for Rangers permanently, would he be making a mistake?

Rangers' Dominic Ball celebrates at the end of the matchRangers' Dominic Ball celebrates at the end of the match

Dominic Ball was one of the impressive signings Rangers boss Mark Warburton made last summer, signing the promising youngster on loan from Tottenham Hotspur.

While teammate Nathan Oduwa was sent back to Spurs mid-season, Ball became an integral part of the first team squad, able to play in centre-back and defensive midfield.

The Express have since reported Rangers are attempting to sign Ball on a permanent basis, with the player set to weigh up a move.

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Ball's first reaction may be that he wants to stick it out and try and force his way into the Tottenham first team.

The loan move to Rangers was always intended as a stepping stone to facilitate that, and walking away now would go against that - but by the same token, he could regret not seizing the opportunity to sign with Rangers.

The landscape at Tottenham has changed over the past 12 months in that they have become a Champions League club, competing for the title.

This makes it even tougher to break into their team, and they have increased transfer funds which will go towards bringing in new faces this summer, potentially complicating the path to the first team for Ball.

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At Rangers he has a chance to also be part of something special, with the club back in the top flight of Scottish football and progressing rapidly.

They currently have a need to sign him, according to their desire to bring him back, but in 12 months time this may not exist, and the Gers could have moved on.

While they could say that the door will remain open, in reality it may not be so simple. Rangers could have signed new players themselves, and progressed to a new level of competing for the title.

Rangers' Dominic Ball in action with Kilmarnock's Craig Slater (L) and Greg KiltieRangers' Dominic Ball in action with Kilmarnock's Craig Slater (L) and Greg Kiltie

If Ball spends a year warming the bench at Spurs and playing for the under-21s, he could simply be left behind, and find it tougher to adjust if he was to eventually move to Ibrox in a year.

He is, it must be remembered, still a young player who is far from the finished article and needs to continue playing regular first team football.

The youngster has a difficult decision to make, but Rangers are offering him the chance to play now, and if Tottenham cannot offer that this season, then he should strongly consider leaving the North London side permanently.

What do you think? Should Ball stay at Spurs or sign for Rangers?

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