Rangers defender David Bates has been raving about Gers team-mate Danny Wilson after the pair kept a clean-sheet against Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic in Saturday’s Old Firm draw.
Bates was an early substitute for the injured Bruno Alves and put in a tremendous shift as he denied Celtic’s strikers time and again with a serious of well-timed tackles and blocks.
Wilson was equally as impressive in the heart of the Gers defence as he inherited the captain’s armband after Alves’ early departure.
Bates admitted Wilson is always on his case trying to help him improve as a defender.
“I get on with Danny, really well. I played with him a lot last year and I’ve played with him at Aberdeen first half and obviously against Killie,” Bates said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“So I know Danny well and he talks me through the game and Tav as well.
“He’s always on my case to be fair, but he is always just trying to help me out and we’re just trying to help the team and defend as well as we can.”
Bates was named man of the match by broadcaster Sky Sports to go with his award from the recent Pittodrie win over Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen.
The former Raith Rovers defender joined the Ibrox giants last season on a development loan before turning it into a permanent move at the start of 2017.
Bates was thrust into the first-team at the end of last season before being being used as a back-up so far this campaign.
The 21-year-old has made six appearances so far for the Gers this season, including starting both legs of the Europa League knockout to Progres Niederkorn.