Graeme Murty has slammed Rangers 21-year-old David Bates – and his new club – after the youngster announced he would be joining Hamburg in a shock four-year deal in the summer.
With his contract set to expire this May, Bates rejected an offer to stay at Ibrox and jetted to Germany where he agreed terms with the Bundesliga side.
Talking in the Scottish Sun, Murty let Bates know exactly what he thinks of the decision.
“Let’s not beat around the bush, David has gone for more money than we can offer him and he could be playing in Bundesliga II next year.
“We offered him a contract we felt was good enough to see him stay.
“I felt he could be an international footballer by remaining at Rangers and I put that to him. Unfortunately, he will now move away from a fantastic club that have spent a lot of time on his development.”
Murty was also angry that Hamburg had released the information ahead of the crucnch cup semi-final against Celtic on Sunday.
“We would as a club be better served if we waited until after the semi-final to have that out in the public domain.
“That’s what we asked for but unfortunately the people we are dealing with did not respect that.”
Football Insider verdict:
It’s a bit of a random move for Bates but you can’t blame him for taking the money. However, he’s joining a team struggling at the wrong end of the Bundesliga and there’s big potential for this one to go wrong. Rangers fans would find it funny if Hamburg were relegated before he joined, and like Murty will be unhappy that the news has come out this way and at this time.
In other Rangers news, this senior player could earn Ibrox deal with stand-out display v Celtic