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Rangers: Ibrox club had a howler with Michael Ball

Rangers chief Ross Wilson brought a big name to Ibrox in January as he secured a deal to sign Aaron Ramsey on loan until the end of the season.

The Wales international has played at the top level in Europe for the majority of his career and his arrival in Glasgow was met with fanfare as supporters got excited at the prospect of seeing him play for the club.

However, he is not the first prestigious name to come through the door for the Light Blues as Rangers have splashed the cash on signings in the past.

One significant deal that ended up going badly for the club was the addition of Michael Ball from Premier League side Everton. The England international joined Alex McLeish’s side in 2001 for a fee Transfermarkt claim to be a whopping £8.7m.

Ball, unfortunately, failed to live up to his price tag after struggling badly with injuries. He missed 18 months after damaging his knee early on in his Gers career and was then unable to recapture his best form in the years to come.

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Towards the end of his time at Ibrox, he came to a strange agreement with the club as Sir David Murray had to pay another £500k to Everton if he played one more game and was unwilling to front all of the cash. Ball explained:

“I remember it was a match at Ibrox when the gaffer Alex McLeish said the chairman wanted to see me – that’s when he put the idea to me.

“Alex asked how it went and I was still a little bit shocked about what had just happened.

“I had agreed to pay £4000 every time I played so they could pay Everton.

“I wasn’t sure if I had got it right. We had a bit of a chuckle about it and later that day I came on as a sub with a few minutes left.

“I remember thinking ‘that’s just cost me four grand’!”

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Whilst this decision showed that the left-back was desperate to play for Rangers and was fighting to make himself a success at Ibrox, Ball’s move to the club simply did not work out in the end.

Eventually, he left the Gers in the summer of 2005 to join PSV for a fee Transfermarkt claim to be £495k. This is slightly less than the fee Murray was trying to avoid paying Everton and a gigantic loss on the £8.78m he was reportedly signed for.

Therefore, it was a howler from McLeish and Murray as they endured a torrid few years that ended up with the club losing a significant amount of money.

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