Rangers are prepared to begin contract talks with David Bates next week after being impressed by his performance against Celtic, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claims that Bates, 21, has convinced manager Graeme Murty that he is worthy of a fresh deal after a solid showing in the 0-0 draw in the Old Firm derby last week.
Bates came off the bench to replace the injured Bruno Alves in the early phases of the Parkhead clash and did a brilliant job of shutting out Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths.
It is now understood that Rangers have invited Bates’ agent to Ibrox as they look to agree terms to a new contract.
Bates signed for Rangers from Raith Rovers in January 2017 and his current deal is set to expire at the end of this season.
The defender has only made 14 appearances across all competitions in his 12 months at Ibrox but he has started to earn much more playing time since Murty took charge when Pedro Caixinha was sacked in October.
Football Insider verdict
The signing of Bates from Raith Rovers took fans by surprise last January, especially as he has barely played for Rangers since. It would be pretty naive to offer Bates a new contract off the back of just one performance. He hasn’t exactly been convincing for the Light Blues in his appearances and the infamous Europa League defeat to Progres in the summer saw the defender play all 180 minutes across the two legs. The ex-Raith man was in top form against Celtic, there’s no denying that, but with the whole second half of the season ahead, he has much more chances to prove himself. It could be a complete waste of money and time to offer him a new deal when instead Mark Allen and Murty should be looking at signing players up.
In other Rangers news, the Light Blues have joined Celtic in the hunt for this South American defender.
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