Rangers 20-year-old reveals how flop summer signing is helping off the field
By Harvey Byrne
Rangers youngster David Bates has hailed summer signing Philippe Senderos for his help off the field.
The 20-year-old made his debut for the Ibrox giants on Wednesday evening, starting in the back four and playing out the full 90 minutes as his side were held to a 0-0 draw against Kilmarnock.
The experienced Senderos was not part of the match day squad and having only played four times for the club since his move many believe the 32-year-old to be a flop.
However, one thing fans don’t have access to is the relationship between the playing staff and Bates has shared how the former Arsenal, AC Milan and Everton man is helping outside of matches.
“I found out yesterday I was playing. He came over and spoke to me and I was a bit taken aback, but I was delighted. You never know for the weekend – the gaffer could give me the call so I just need to keep my head down in training,” told Bates, as quoted by the official Rangers website.
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“Philippe has been a real help. He has taken me under his wing and he was telling me yesterday I deserved my chance as I had worked really hard.”
Experience is often priceless in football and after winning the FA Cup as well as playing for some of the aforementioned prestigious clubs, Senderos certainly has it in abundance.
However, he is only contracted with Rangers until the summer and due to his lack of playing time it is unlikely his deal will be renewed.
With the experienced Clint Hill also nearing the latter stages of his career in the Gers back line many will now be hoping Bates can make a quick breakthrough into the team.
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