The Ginger Ramos David Bates was one of the only bright sparks from last season. The gangly redhead made his breakthrough to the first team last season and ended up making 22 appearances.
Bates impressed fans with his commitment and ability at the back. He was strong, powerful in the air and could play a bit as well.
Should Rangers have ever let him go?
David Bates doing superbly in Germany
Most fans were very disappointed to see him join Hamburg in the German Bundesliga 2 in the Summer. It was made even sorer by the fact it was because we let his contract run down and never received a fee.
Now the young Scot is putting in some very impressive performances in Germany. The 22-year-old has made 7 appearances in the Bundesliga 2 already this season. The Bundesliga outfit have only shipped two goals in the almost 600 minutes he’s been on the pitch.
They’ve shipped nine in just over 200 when he’s been absent.
Could Bates be due a Scotland call-up soon?
A young talent we could see again
It’s a real shame Rangers lost Bates for nothing in the Summer. Mark Warburton had taken him to the club permanently after Bates had spent 18 months on-loan at Rangers from Raith Rovers.
There is still a little confusion over him leaving, with Murty and Bates himself clashing on whether he was offered a new contract. The clash being that Bates wasn’t offered a contract and Murty lied. At least according to Bates himself.
Steven Gerrard even said the club had lost their best centre back when Bates left in the Summer. That’s the reason why Gerrard had to prioritise that area. The club signed four new centre backs in the summer; Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic, Joe Worrall and Gareth McAuley.
But I wouldn’t rule out a return for Bates at some point in the future. He’s a bluenose, and I’m sure he’d be welcome back with open arms.
Especially if he’s a better player than when he left.