Insider responds to speculation key Rangers player has gone AWOL from training
By Richard Parks
A Rangers insider has dismissed rumours that David Bates has gone AWOL from training as “100 per cent nonsense”.
The centre-back is locked in contract talks with the club and has reportedly rejected multiple offers of a new deal ahead of his current agreement expiring in the summer.
Rangers fans blog Four Lads Had a Dream, which has broken a number of stories about the club in recent weeks and proved to be a very reliable source, was asked in a Twitter exchange if rumours that Bates has not been training properly were true.
The Bears insider dismissed such speculation as “nonsense” and insisted that the defender has “trained as normal” and his conduct has been “exemplary”.
100% Nonsense, player has trained as normal & behaviour exemplary
— Four Lads Had a Dream (@4Ladhadadream) February 20, 2018
Nevertheless, the bloggers admitted that the future of the 21-year-old is up in the air but there is still hope among the parties concerned that a deal can be done.
Bates has started the last five league matches for Rangers and been a key player in the team’s post-Christmas turnaround.
The former Raith Rovers player started alongside on-loan Russell Martin in last Sunday’s 5-3 Scottish Premiership win over Hamilton in the continued absence of injured duo Bruno Alves and Ross McCrorie.
Football Insider verdict:
The future of Bates will be a growing concern for the Ibrox faithful, especially given that he has now rejected more than one offer from the club. The player is in a stronger negotiating position than he was two months ago after taking advantage of the injuries to Alves and McCrorie, and the January exit of Danny Wilson, to climb up the pecking order. The Ibrox hierarchy have sealed new deals for Josh Windass and James Tavernier in the last week, and demonstrated a vision and aptitude that has previously been absent during the Dave King era. Supporters have been impressed by Bates’ recent showings and, given his promise, improvement and boyhood allegiance to the club, will be hoping for a boardroom hat-trick.
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