Report: Rangers in limbo after Pochettino's decision on Dominic Ball, English clubs now keen

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

Rangers are waiting to hear whether Dominic Ball can return to Ibrox.

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

According to The Scottish Herald, Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino wants Dominic Ball for pre-season training, meaning a return to Rangers is up in the air.

Ball, 20, joined Spurs from Watford back in 2011, and has been making his way up through the ranks at White Hart Lane, aided by loan moves.

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

Warburton gave Ball a key role; whether in defence or holding midfield, Ball was vital for Rangers, and his absence was notable when the Gers lost 3-2 to Hibernian in the Scottish Cup final last month.

Ball helped Rangers win both the Scottish Championship and the Petrofac Training Cup, and whilst he's heading back to Tottenham, Rangers boss Warburton no doubt love to take Ball back to Ibrox.

Dominic Ball - Tottenham Hotspur

However, those hopes have dealt a huge blow today, as The Scottish Herald report that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has decided that he wants to take a look at Ball during pre-season training, and therefore won't sanction his departure.

Ball will have a chance to impress Pochettino, and with one year left on his contract at White Hart Lane, he may need to take this opportunity in order to secure a longer-term future in North London.

Celtic's Stefan Johansen in action with Rangers' Dominic Ball

For Rangers, they're left in limbo as they wait to hear whether Ball will be allowed to return to Glasgow - and it turns out that English clubs may also be interested.

"Dom's going back to do pre-season with Spurs, if he comes back to Scotland on loan it will be with Rangers," a source is quoted as saying. "I'm sure Rangers would take him back but Pochettino is going to have a look at him during pre-season and then discuss his options from there."

"However, it's not certain he will come back to Scotland as there are a few clubs in England who would be interested in taking him next year."

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