Former Rangers defender David Bates is set to return to Ibrox on Wednesday night for the first time since being released by the club.

The towering 6ft 4″ centre-back initially signed for the Gers on loan from Raith Rovers before joining permanently in January 2017.

David Bates in Scottish Cup semi-final action for Rangers against Celtic in 2017. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He made 28 appearances across all competitions but was released after the expiration of his contract in the summer of 2018.

After a frustrating three-year stint at Hamburg which included loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Cercle Brugge, Bates returned to Scottish football in August, signing a three-year deal with Aberdeen.

His time at Pittodrie didn’t start well at all, with the Dons losing each of the first five matches he was involved in.

 

However, he bagged a first win and clean sheet on Saturday, playing the full 90 minutes of a 1-0 triumph over Hibernian and now he’s primed to return to Ibrox for the first time since his exit.

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The ex-Rangers defender is back in Scottish football after a stint at Hamburg and is primed to return to Ibrox. (Photo by Oliver Hardt/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Amid an injury crisis, Bates is one of the only fit first-team defenders at manager Stephen Glass’ disposal, so he’ll need to perform if the visitors are to have any chance of picking up a result.

Aberdeen have had success in Glasgow in recent years but the two times these teams met at Ibrox last season, the Gers ran out 4-0 winners.

Bates won’t be the only ex-Rangers player with a point to prove in the opposition lineup, either. 

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