6ft 1in Rangers player could quit after rejecting multiple contract offers - reports
By Richard Parks
David Bates is in line to leave Rangers for nothing in just weeks after failing to reach an agreement over a new contract, according to reports.
The Scottish Sun claim there has been no breakthrough following extensive talks over a deal to tie the centre-back down beyond the summer, when his current agreement expires.
This comes after Gers fans blog Four Lads Had a Dream, which has been a very reliable source for news about the club in recent months, claimed in a recent Twitter exchange with a supporter that the defender has turned down “initial offers” from the Glasgow giants.
The bloggers admitted that the future of the 21-year-old is up in the air but there is still hope among the parties concerned that a deal can be done.
Bates has started the last nine league matches for Rangers and been a key player in the team’s post-Christmas turnaround.
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The former Raith Rovers player started in central defence alongside Bruno Alves in last Sunday’s 3-2 Scottish Premiership defeat to Celtic but limped off after 15 minutes due to injury.
Football Insider verdict:
The future of Bates will be a growing concern for the Ibrox faithful, especially given that he has now rejected more than one offer from the club. The player is in a stronger negotiating position than he was three months ago after taking advantage of injuries to Alves and Ross McCrorie, and the January exit of Danny Wilson, to climb up the pecking order. The Ibrox hierarchy have sealed new deals for Daniel Candeias, Josh Windass and James Tavernier in recent weeks, and demonstrated a vision and aptitude that has previously been absent during the Dave King era. Supporters have been impressed by Bates’ recent showings and, given his promise, improvement and boyhood allegiance to the club, will be hoping for a fourth boardroom contract breakthrough.
In other Rangers news, the club have been given a huge quadruple boost ahead of their next SPL match.