Former Rangers defender David Bates scored his first goal for Aberdeen in their 2-0 win over Livingston at Pittodrie.

Bates played 28 times for the Gers between 2016 and 2018 before penning a four-year deal at Hamburger SV.

David Bates in Scottish Cup semi-final action for Rangers against Celtic in 2017. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

He’s had a difficult last few seasons which have featured loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Cercle Brugge, but he returned to Scottish football in the summer and has established himself as a regular for the Dons.

Things hadn’t been going well, with points and clean sheets hard to come by, but Stephen Glass’s side brought a three-match losing streak to an end on Wednesday night against Livi and Bates played a starring role.

Ryan Hedges gave the hosts the lead in the 23rd minute and when Jackson Longridge was sent off for the visitors just after the hour mark, it looked likely that the Dons would prevail.

The points are never safe with a one-goal lead, though, so there was relief around the ground when Bates opened his account for the club with 15 minutes remaining.

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Former Rangers defender David Bates celebrates scoring his first goal for Aberdeen. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

From a set piece on the left, the former Ger found space in the box and volleyed into the bottom right corner from six yards.

It was the centre-back’s first goal since netting for HSV in the German second tier in February 2019.

Another former Rangers player, Ross McCrorie, partnered Bates in defence as the Dons kept just their third Premiership clean sheet of the season.

Meanwhile, Gio van Bronckhorst has explained why Ryan Jack missed out on the matchday squad for Rangers’ win over Hibernian.

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