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21st Feb, 2018 | 5:00pm

Mark Allen has no choice but to seal key Rangers deal after devastating reported McCrorie blow

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Rangers director of football Mark Allen must seal a new contract for Gers defender David Bates after reports claimed Ross McCrorie could miss the rest of the season through injury.
The report from the reliable Four Lads Had a Dream Rangers blog says the 19-year-old’s now at a “critical” point with the defender facing the prospect of surgery to repair a foot problem which has sidelined him since December.
It was also reported by the same blog that Bates had turned down initial offers of a new contract at Ibrox but was still “in talks” over extending his deal beyond the summer.


McCrorie’s absence will be a devastating blow for Graeme Murty’s side over the remainder of the season after thee teenager burst into the starting XI with a series of fantastic performances for the Gers.
Bates has been solid at the back for the Light Blues and is enjoying his longest run of games since signing from Raith Rovers with McCrorie and Bruno Alves sidelined.
Getting a new deal sorted for Bates should be high up Allen’s priority list as the Gers look to push Old Firm rivals Celtic into dropping more points and re-igniting a title race that looked over a long time ago.
If Bates’ deal is allowed to run down it could prove to be a big distraction in the final few months of the season at a time when hte Gers need everything focused on winning consistently and making a charge for what could end up as one of the most unlikely title wins in  the club’s history.
In other Rangers news, Murty slams January signing and claims he must change attitude to play for Rangers
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