PREMIERSHIP leaders Aberdeen pulled off a late piece of transfer deadline day business by signing Dominic Ball.
The Dons topped off a very decent window by completing the loan deal which brings the former Tottenham player to Pittodrie from Rotherham.
Ball, 22, was signed by ‘The Millers’ when ex-Celtic defender Allan Stubbs took the job in 2016 after leaving Hibernian. However, like Stubbs’ stint, Ball fell out of favour at the club and he went to Peterborough in search of regular action.
This is not Ball’s first shot at the Scottish game, the versatile defender spent a season under Mark Warburton’s Rangers in the Ladbrokes Championship and departed Govan with Championship and Petrofac Training Cup medals.
Aberdeen fans will be more than satisfied with a very successful transfer window. Derek McInnes, after omitting himself to the club despite the offer to manage Sunderland, has secured Ryan Christie and Greg Stewart on loan deals and Greg Tansey, Stevie May, Nicky Maynard, Gary Mackay-Steven and Kari Arnason all on permanent contracts. Ball’s loan deal completed this summer’s activity and Aberdeen look stronger than they did last season when they reached both cup finals and were a clear second in the league.
The intent shown by Derek McInnes is to consolidate his side’s hold on second place against the challenges of Hibs, St Johnstone and Rangers – and possibly mount a challenge to Celtic.
Celtic and St Johnstone, both on ten points after four games, are already playing catch-up on the Dons who are the only side to have taken 12 from 12 in the league.