22-year-old David Bates, left Ibrox for pastures new in July.

He had only joined Rangers on a permanent basis a year previous, but ultimately failed impress.

Bates and Russell Martin were the centre-backs last May, when the Gers shipped five goals away at Hibernian.

Martin was shipped off to Walsall at the end of the season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Perhaps, after a scoreline like that, it’s no shock that both players now find themselves elsewhere.

More of a surprise, was his next destination.

Hamburg, a very big club, who last year, were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time.

So far, it could scarcely have gone better for the young Scotland international.

His team currently sit at the top of the second division, a point clear of FC Koln.


Bates a consistent performer at new home

The ex-Ger harries an FC Ingolstat attacker during a Bundesliga 2 fixture. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Bates has played an important role in his team’s strong start. He has featured in 18 matches in all competitions, just two shy of his total from the whole of last season at Ibrox.

Hamburg’s mean defence has been their biggest attribute so far, with the centre-half instrumental in the recording of nine clean sheets.

That’s an extremely healthy average of one in every two matches.

Having left Rangers on a free, this was certainly a glamorous next step to take. It may be the second tier, but he still steps out in front of 50,000 people every week.

The Scotland international rises highest to head clear against Holstein Kiel (Photo by Cathrin Mueller/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard is reasonably well stocked with centre-backs at the minute.

Certainly, fellow defenders Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso didn’t show enough last season.

Perhaps, though, Bates’ excellence during this campaign shows that with age very much on his side, he still could have made something of himself at Ibrox, had he been given another chance.

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