Glasgow Rangers will know the quality of the players they bring to Ibrox this summer will be crucial for their chances of closing the gap.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha

Rangers surely face an important summer at the end of this season as they will know that the signings they make could be crucial to their chances of closing the gap to Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership over the coming years.

Given the business they did last summer, it would hardly be a surprise if Pedro Caixinha had a limited budget to work with – certainly one that is dwarfed by Celtic’s as they prepare for another Champions League push.

Therefore, the Portuguese may have to be canny with some of the players he targets, so perhaps he should look to a player who has already experienced what playing for Rangers is all about, and appears to be in a difficult situation currently.

Dominic Ball was part of the Gers side that won the second tier title and beat Celtic at Hampden Park last season having joined from Tottenham on a season-long loan.

Dominic Ball

Instead of returning to Ibrox however, Ball joined Rotherham on a permanent deal. However, with Alan Stubbs’ tenure only brief, the 21-year-old soon found himself loaned out to Peterborough in League One.

His difficult season in England would certainly make a new move for Ball a gamble, but his insistence that he would love to return to Rangers (via Daily Record) would suggest that he would be fully motivated to get his career back on track if given the chance. 

And given the youngster’s ability to play in both defence and in a holding midfield role, his return may be looked back upon as a very astute piece of business by the Gers if they are working with a small budget.

Certainly, if Ball can pick up from where he left off when he left Ibrox – which will be easier said than done following their promotion – Rangers could potentially have a new stalwart of the side for many years to come. 

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