By Alex Stevens

Michael Ball urged Rangers’ players to party hard after they secured promotion back to the Scottish Premiership on Tuesday night.

James Tavernier’s solitary goal was enough to seal the all-important win as Mark Warburton’s side beat Dumbarton 1-0 to secure the Championship title.

The victory puts Rangers 17 points clear at the top of the table, out of the reach of Falkirk and Hibernian.

It also brings to an end a four-year journey back to the top of Scottish football for the Ibrox club.

Ex-Rangers left-back Ball sent his congratulations via social networking site Twitter to the club and urged the players not to be shy “with the videos and celebrations”.

The confirmation of promotion has brought the curtain down on an often turbulent four-year journey back to Scottish football’s top flight for the Glasgow giants.

With the club mired in debt, Rangers entered administration and then liquidation in 2012 under the ownership of Craig Whyte, who has since faced criminal charges owing to his stewardship at Ibrox.

Rangers won promotion from League Two and League One in some comfort but found the going more tough in the Championship last season and finished third before being beaten in the Play-Off final by Motherwell.