David Bates was called up to his first Scotland squad for the matches with Albania and Israel.

And it should come as no surprise.

The Ginger Ramos has been lighting up Bundesliga 2 since joining Hamburg and is a huge fan favourite in Germany.

David only has two caps for the U21s – both of which he received last month. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Not only that, but his performances have attracted the likes of Arsenal and Everton to his signature.

Before the 6ft3 defender left the club he was arguably our best centre back. Bates is composed on and off the ball, is very good at reading the game and isn’t scared of a tackle either.

If we didn’t realise it then, we certainly do now. Rangers should never have let Bates go. It’s even worse he left on a free too.

Sad to see him go but glad to see him do well

The manner in which Bates wasn’t exactly all that pleasant either. Ex-boss Graeme Murty said he refused a contract, Bates said he wasn’t offered one.

 

Whatever the case, he left for Hamburg out the back door and it was a big loss for Rangers.

At Hamburg, he’s made 10 appearances in the Bundesliga 2 as they’ve opened up a three-point lead at the top.

David Bates has played 11 games in all competitions for Hamburg this season. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images)

Bate’s is well loved and well looked after in Germany and there’s every chance he’ll also be a Bundesliga centre back come next year.

And now he’s set to become a full Scotland international. His value will be skyrocketing by the match.

Even if many fans will feel let down he’s no longer at Rangers, there won’t be many who don’t wish him all the best.

Bates was fast becoming a fan favourite at Ibrox before he left.