Rangers defender David Bates has revealed he hopes to keep his place in manager Graeme Murty’s side despite possibly facing added competition this month.
The Gers have agreed a loan deal with Norwich City for Russell Martin, according to Sky Sports’ official Twitter account, making it harder for the former Raith Rovers defender to stay in the starting XI.
The 21-year-old picked up the man of the match award in the Gers last competitive match – the 0-0 Old Firm draw with Celtic – and has impressed when called upon in the first-team.
Bates has only made six appearances so far this season after missing 10 weeks through injury but credits Murty with bringing the squad “back to life” after Pedro Caixinha’s sacking in October.
“I just need to keep trying my hardest and play as well as I can. I just want to stay in the team. If anyone else comes in then I just need to keep playing well and hopefully the gaffer will stay with me,” Bates said, as quoted by The Scotsman.
“It is just good to be back in the team. I was out for ten weeks at the start of the season. It was hard to get back in but the gaffer has come in and brought the whole squad to life, especially me.”
Kirkcaldy-born Bates joined the Gers in the summer of 2016 on a six-month development loan from Raith Rovers before signing an 18-month permanent deal last January.
The 21-year-old’s deal expires at the end of the season and will be hoping to impress and earn an extended deal with his boyhood heroes.
Murty’s side return to domestic action after the winter break when they head north to face Highland League minnows Fraserburgh in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup on January 21st at tiny Bellslea Park.
In other Rangers news, the Gers are expected to announce this done deal within hours after a medical is scheduled.
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