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Rangers will not lose any sleep over shock defender announcement

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Rangers defender David Bates has agreed to a shock transfer to fallen German giants Hamburg after a four-year deal was announced on Thursday – but losing the 21-year-old shouldn’t a big problem for the Ibrox giants.

The former Raith Rovers defender has agreed to swap Glasgow for Germany at the end of the season but, despite being one of the Gers’ best performers in recent months, the Light Blues really need an increase in quality if they are to wrestle the title away from bitter rivals Celtic.

Bates has managed 25 appearances over his two years with the Gers and had his longest run of games after Bruno Alves was injured in the 0-0 Old Firm draw in December before an ankle injury forced Bates out of action.

With Ross McCrorie back in the side, the Gers will need to bring in at least one new defender this summer to partner the Scotland Under-21 international after the likes of Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso failed to come close to expectations.

McCrorie is – and was always going to be – the first-choice if it came down to it between him and Bates and with Bates now heading for Germany, it looks as though director of football Mark Allen has someone else in mind to partner the 20-year-old at the heart of the Gers defence next season.

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Bates should be applauded for willing to take the risk of going over and playing in, likely, the German second division but the defender was never going to be good enough to be a long-term part of the Gers’ defence if they want to compete for titles and trophies.

In other Rangers news, Gers fans were blown away by this winger’s performance in the 4-0 win over Breidablik.

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