Rival Premiership club enquire about bringing towering ex-Gers player back to Scotland - report
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Hearts enquire about towering former Rangers player currently playing abroad - report

Hearts have enquired about the possibility of bringing Germany-based former Rangers player David Bates back to the Premiership, according to the Edinburgh Evening News.

After initially signing on loan from Raith Rovers in 2016, Bates joined the Gers on a permanent deal and racked up 28 appearances in defence.

David Bates in Old Firm action for Rangers in 2017. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, he was released in the summer of 2018 and he headed for Germany to join now-partner club Hamburger SV.


The 6ft 4″ stopper also has 28 HSV appearances to his name but has spent the past two seasons out on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and Cercle Brugge respectively.

Earlier this summer, he was linked with a return to Ibrox [Homme du Match via Glasgow Live]. A comeback was never realistically on the cards, given the number of centre-backs already at Rangers and Bates’ lack of regular game time since leaving the club.

Yet, the Edinburgh Evening News reports that Hearts have enquired about bringing him back to the Premiership.

It’s asserted that the capital club want to strengthen at the back and see the Scotland international as a possible solution.

However, HSV are reportedly unwilling to loan Bates out and are instead looking for a sale as he’s in the final year of his contract.

As a result, it’s asserted that Taylor Moore of Bristol City is now Hearts’ preferred option.

Hearts have enquired about the former Rangers player who is currently frozen out in Hamburg. (Photo by Oliver Hardt/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Hearts enquire about former Rangers player

Bates isn’t of the standard required to improve upon the Gers’ current options at centre-back but there’s little doubt that he would be capable of doing a good job at another Premiership club, based on his efforts in the Belgian top-flight with Cercle Brugge last season.

Unfortunately for the 24-year-old, Hearts may not be willing to part with a fee in order to bring him in.

If he isn’t snapped up before the end of the transfer window, he faces a long and difficult period until January, as he’s currently training with HSV Reserves.

Meanwhile, a Rangers and Celtic-linked striker has completed a reported £5m move to a Serie A club.

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