Could Rangers return for Dominic Ball next summer?

Rangers' Dominic Ball celebrates at the end of the match

Rangers missed out on Dominic Ball in the summer, but could they get a second chance?

Dominic Ball impressed for Glasgow Rangers on loan last season from Tottenham Hotspur and the Scottish side were keen to bring him back to Ibrox in the summer.

Ball demonstrated a capability to play in both central defence and midfield, and benefitted greatly from his spell in the Scottish Championship, helping them win promotion.

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

So it was a little of a surprise when he left Tottenham in the summer to sign with Rotherham United, but his spell there so far may suggest Rangers have a chance of going back for him next summer.

Ball signed with the Millers when Alan Stubbs was manager in the summer, but the former Hibernian boss did not last long in charge and was sacked last month.

He was replaced with Kenny Jackett, who resigned after just a handful of games in charge.

Rotherham sit marooned at the bottom of the Championship table in 24th place, 11 points behind the 23rd team, and currently without a manager.

Dominic Ball of Rotherham UnitedDominic Ball of Rotherham United

Their prospects appear bleak, although Ball is picking up valuable game time, featuring in 12 matches so far for the club.

With relegation inevitable, Rangers may have a chance of tempting the defender away in the summer, and redressing the error they made in not pushing harder to seal his signature a few months ago.

Rangers added defenders in the summer, but instead of looking to youth they looked to veterans Clint Hill and Philippe Senderos.

The 5-1 hammering by Celtic exposed the frailties in their back line, and new additions will be needed next summer.

Playing in the Scottish Premiership should surely be more attractive to Dominic Ball than League One, and they should consider making a move for the 21-year-old.

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

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