Ball says pressure will drive us on

Dominic Ball.

Dominic Ball insists the competition with Rangers to be Celtic’s main challengers will drive the Dons on.

Aberdeen were beaten at Ibrox by the Gers on Wednesday – that result means the Govan men have overtaken the Reds in second place on goal difference.

It’s the third time this term that Graeme Murty’s team have beaten the Dons.

However Ball, who was a second-half substitute on Wednesday, insists the threat of Rangers overtaking them and finishing second this term will drive on the Aberdeen squad to ensure they remain Scotland’s second force.

He said: “I think sometimes when you’ve got a team challenging you closer it’s going to make you better.

“And I think that’s what it will do for us – I think it will push us on even more.

“We’re always looking to win games and we’re just looking to put a run together now, keep going and focus.

“I know saying a run maybe sounds like three or four months down the line, but we’re looking at every game and can we go and win every game – it’s as simple as that.”

Ball, 22, says everyone in the Pittodrie dressing room is determined to bounce back from the midweek defeat when Kilmarnock visit the Granite City today.

Stevie Clarke’s team are unbeaten in seven games with their last loss inflicted by Aberdeen at Rugby Park on November 26 (3-1).

Ball, who is on loan from League One Rotherham United for the season, added: “They are a very good squad and even when we played them down there they gave us a tough game.

“But for us we are motivated and determined to get the three points and we’ll do whatever it takes.

“I think the other day Rangers were the better side for 70 minutes of the game. That’s how football is going to be sometimes and now we’re talking about being all together and going out to do what we do best and win the game.”