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Dier-inspired Dominic on new Rangers role

Posted on 23 April 2016  - 11:35

Dominic Ball sees the benefit of deploying a centre-half in holding midfield after following the Eric Dier pathway at Rangers.

Dominic Ball in action for RangersOn duty against Celtic last week

Much like our England star, Dom has undergone a positional shift while on loan at Ibrox this season – moving forward from his more recognised central defensive role into the middle of the park.

Nobody needs reminding of the impact Eric (pictured below) has made as he’s blazed that trail under the tutelage of Mauricio Pochettino here in North London during the course of the campaign – not least Dom as he looks to flourish in a similar position for Mark Warburton’s Scottish Championship winners.

“What Mauricio Pochettino has seen in Eric Dier to put him in there could perhaps be seen as similar to what the gaffer here has done with me,” said the 20-year-old, who helped Rangers to victory over rivals Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-finals last Sunday after lifting the Scottish Challenge Cup the week before.

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“It gives you that support at the back and also Eric’s got that ability on the ball to play out, which I think I’ve got as well.

“Generally I’ve found it quite good in that role, I enjoy it and I think I go in there with the sort of mentality that I’m a third defender. That’s why I think the gaffer likes playing me there because I’m quite defensive-minded and against a team like Celtic it gives you more support at the back.

“I go in there like a third centre-half but obviously try to break up the play as well as doing my defensive duties, always looking to get on the ball to try to get us ticking.”