Dominic in dreamland after Old Firm experience
18 April 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Dominic Ball spoke of an “unbelievable experience” after helping Rangers to victory in the Old Firm derby on Sunday.
The 20-year-old played the 27th game of his season-long loan spell with the Ibrox giants as they toppled fierce rivals Celtic in front of over 50,000 fans at Hampden Park to book a place in the Scottish Cup final.
Playing primarily as a central defender in our Academy set-up, the Welwyn Garden City-born youngster has been deployed in a holding midfield berth for Rangers of late and once again looked assured in that role as Mark Warburton’s men battled out a 1-1 draw with the Scottish Premiership Hoops over 90 minutes, held them at 2-2 after extra time before delivering the knockout blow with a 5-4 penalty shootout victory.
Dominic said he was thrilled to help his side get through in such fashion and underlined how he was determined not to let the occasion distract him from his duties on the field.
“The atmosphere was crazy, you had green flares from the Celtic side, you had red, blue and white flares from the Rangers side and it was like something you’d see on TV – it was unbelievable,” said the former Cambridge United loanee, who has helped Rangers secure the Scottish Championship title and the Scottish Challenge Cup already this term.
“Obviously it’s been a great season, I’ve played a lot of games, but to come on loan and to have that sort of experience in an Old Firm game was something I didn’t expect I’d be getting this season, so it was a massive bonus and to win it the way we did as well was just unreal. It was brilliant and I think, for the fans, it was the best way to win it.
“The game was obviously tough – I was a little bit nervous with it being such a big match and with there being pressure on it, but I had belief in the ability of our team and our players that we were going to win.
“I felt like we were on top performance-wise, obviously we let a couple of goals in which was annoying but it just felt like it was going to be our day. It was an unbelievable experience and I really enjoyed it.”