Rangers defender details contract update, deal set to expire in months
Rangers defender David Bates has revealed there have been no talks about extending his contract at Ibrox as he enters the final months.
The 21-year-old was a stand-out in the recent Old Firm clash and picked up the man of the match award after replacing Bruno Alves 16 minutes into the 0-0 draw.
Bates has been on the fringes of the side this season after missing 10 weeks through injury but hopes he can force his way into the starting XI in the second-half of the season.
The former Raith Rovers defender admitted it was a boyhood dream to sign for the club last season and wants to stay at Ibrox for the foreseeable future.
“Of course I want to be at Rangers. I have supported the club since I was young,” Bates said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“When I first came into the side it was a dream, and hopefully I can stay involved as long as I can.
“I want to play here and we will see what happens. There haven’t been any developments on that front.
“I just need to keep playing my football, and these things will take care of themselves.”
Bates has made six appearances this season for the Gers with four of those coming after Pedro Caixinha was replaced as manager in October.
The Kirkcaldy-born defender joined Rangers in summer 2016 on a six-month loan deal before agreeing an 18-month permanent move last January.
Rangers return to competitive action on January 21st when they travel north to take on Highland League minnows Fraserburgh in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup and Bates will be hoping to force his way into Murty’s plans for the Bellslea Park clash.
In other Rangers news, the Gers are expected to announce this done deal within hours after a medical is scheduled.
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