Ex-Rangers star lines up exotic move as rival coffers boosted by £10m


Ex-Rangers star lines up exotic move as rival coffers boosted by £10m

Former Rangers centre-back David Bates looks set to leave Premiership rivals Aberdeen and secure a move to Poland and Legia Warsaw.

That’s according to Polish football expert Ryan Hubbard, who claims the Dons are set to recoup around £420k from the transfer.

Hubbard suggests that David Bates has now undergo a medical with Legia Warsaw and the ex-Rangers centre-back is being lined up to replace the outgoing Mateusz Wieteska, who has moved to Clermont Foot in Ligue 1.

Now 25-years-old, Bates hasn’t quite made his mark at Pittodrie and this wouldn’t be his first foray towards the continent having spent some time with Hamburger SV in the past.

Aberdeen rake in yet another fee for ex-Rangers star David Bates

Any exit would also continue to boost the transfer incomings at Aberdeen this summer, with Bates transfer meaning the club have raked in close to £10m in transfer fees.

This comes after the Dons negotiated a £6.5m deal to sell teenage right-back Calvin Ramsay to Premier League giants Liverpool and a £3m deal to sell Lewis Ferguson to Serie A Bologna.

So far the Dons have reinvested about £1.5m of that money in transfer fees [Transfermarkt] as Jim Goodwin hopes to improve on last season’s dreadful 10th place finish.

Rangers fans will certainly be sending David Bates more well wishes in Poland and with Legia Warsaw than they had been during his stint with Aberdeen.

Bates had joined the Dons in the summer of 2021 after his spell in Germany, joining HSV after his contract expired with Rangers in 2018.

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From there the big 6ft4 defender had loan spells with English outfit Sheffield Wednesday and Belgian club Cercle Brugge.

Initially signed on loan from Raith Rovers during Mark Warburton’s tenure at Rangers, Bates made 28 appearances for Rangers in total and has also earned six caps for the Scotland national team.

Meanwhile, a reportedly £4.5m-rated versatile international has issued a come and sign me plea to Rangers.