Injury blow to Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen could affect Scottish champions.
Rangers' chances of signing Dominic Ball from Tottenham Hotspur may have received a blow over the past week, with Jan Vertonghen picking up an injury.
The Belgian defender tore his ankle ligaments while on duty at Euro 2016, and missed his country's quarter-final against Wales, in which they were eliminated.
The Guardian reported Vertonghen faces eight weeks out, meaning he will miss much of the first month of the season.
Belgium's Jan Vertonghen listens to questions during a news conference
This means Tottenham cannot afford for anything to happen to either of their subsequent first choice pairing Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer.
And they surely will not want to be allowing their back-ups to leave, one of which is young talent Dominic Ball.
Ball, 20, spent last season on loan at Rangers, where he featured in both central midfield and at centre-back.
Dominic Ball - Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham also have youngsters Cameron Carter-Vickers and Christian Maghoma as options, but thanks to his loan last season it is Ball who has the most competitive experience.
The Glasgow Evening Times reported last month that Rangers wanted to re-sign Ball this summer, and were prepared to wait for Tottenham to make up their minds after Mauricio Pochettino assesses him in pre-season.
Vertonghen's injury may just have forced Tottenham's hand into keeping him, and at this point the Gers should continue to prepare alternatives.
Rangers' Dominic Ball in action with Kilmarnock's Craig Slater (L) and Greg Kiltie