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Rangers lose Bates as defender signs four-year Hamburg deal

 

By Andy Newport

Hamburg have announced the signing Rangers defender David Bates on a four-year deal.

The 21-year-old, currently sidelined with an ankle injury, will join the Bundesliga club in the summer on what Hamburg described as a free transfer.

Johannes Spors said: "David brings the combination of height, speed, mentality and responsibility, attributes which will be good for the HSV defence.

"He is a down-to-earth guy who wants to actively develop his career and work hard for it."

Bates joined the Light Blues from Raith Rovers, on loan in August 2016, before later signing a permanent contract.

He made his Gers debut against Kilmarnock in April 2017 and was thought by many to be the future of the Ibrox club's central defence, along with fellow youngster Ross McCrorie.

However, talks over extending his contract beyond the summer were slow to take off and he had been linked with Sunderland.

Bates has not played since injuring himself last month in his 25th first-team appearance.

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