'Offered just a £250 pay rise' - Sky pundit makes astonishing Rangers player contract claim
By Richard Parks
Kris Boyd has slammed Rangers in the Scottish Sun for allowing David Bates to quit for Hamburg on a free transfer – and claimed he was offered a pay rise of just £250 by the Glasgow giants.
The Bundesliga club confirmed on Thursday of last week that Bates, 21, will sign a four-year deal worth around £7,000-a-week in the summer and bring to an end his promising spell with his boyhood club.
Manager Graeme Murty subsequently admitted Rangers wanted the former Raith defender to stay at the club but couldn’t match the terms on offer from Hamburg.
Sky Sports pundit and former Rangers striker Boyd, who is having an excellent season for Kilmarnock, blamed director of football Mark Allen for allowing Bates to leave following a puny contract offer.
“I’m sorry, but what does he actually bring to the table?” Boyd wrote in the Scottish Sun. “What does he actually do to earn his big-money salary?
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“He’s meant to be building things for the future, so why did he allow an up-and-coming player like David Bates to sign for another club?
“I’m told Bates got offered just a £250 pay rise so it’s little wonder he decided it was time to go.”
Bates originally joined the Gers on a six-month development loan under Mark Warburton and subsequently an 18-month permanent contract in January 2017.
Bates has made 17 appearances this season and was a regular in the side following the winter break and injury to Bruno Alves.
He missed out against Celtic last weekend due to an injury of his own.
Football Insider verdict:
If Boyd is correct with his claim that Bates was offered a pay rise of just £250 by Rangers, that is astonishing. The defender was a rookie with no first-team experience when he signed his original deal with the club. To offer him virtually the same terms after he had broken into the senior side and done well enough to keep out senior Portugese pair Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso is jawdropping, even by the recent standards of Rangers. Allen will be working with a budget given to him by the board, but Bates’ exit to Germany does not reflect well on any of the top brass. He could have been a mainstay of the team for the next decade.