Rangers first teamer rejects contract offer from club - report
By Richard Parks
David Bates has rejected a contract offer from Rangers, according to a report.
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 Twitter exchange with a supporter on Saturday, that the defender has turned down a deal from the Glasgow giants.
Asked if it was true that Bates had rejected a new contract, Four Lads Had a Dream reported on their Twitter account that it was but explained that negotiations were still at an “early” stage and there is plenty of time to get an agreement.
Yeah that’s true John, early in negotiations with him, Sometimes things take a bit longer with players, but not a problem at this stage. He’s a Rangers fan so hopefully we get it sorted. I’d be concerned if he disappeared from team as that would be a sign, however plenty of time
— Four Lads Had a Dream (@4Ladhadadream) February 17, 2018
Bates’ current contract is due to expire in the summer.
The 21-year-old former Raith Rovers player has started the Gers’ last four league matches and performed impressively in the absence of injured duo Bruno Alves and Ross McCrorie.
Football Insider verdict:
It will be a concern for the Gers faithful that Bates has snubbed an offer from the club, although, as Four Lads Had a Dream point out, there is still time to get a deal done. The Ibrox hierarchy have sealed new deals for Josh Windass and James Tavernier this week, 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 will be hoping for a boardroom hat-trick.
In other Rangers news, a stunning £50,000-a-week deal is on offer to a Light Blues first teamer in game-changing development.
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