Rangers defender David Bates’ contract is moving ever closer to it’s end and there doesn’t appear to be any movement towards extending his stay with the Ibrox giants – but director of football Mark Allen can’t let the club be held to ransom by the 21-year-old.

Bates has impressed since coming into the side in January but looks like his season is already over after suffering an ankle injury in the recent 3-2 Old Firm defeat by Celtic.

With the Gers struggling defensively in recent weeks, Bates may have a bit of leverage in the talks as it’s clear the Gers will need to strengthen in defence in the summer.

The defender was reported to be attracting interest from England but if his demands are too much then the Gers should let him move on.

There’s little question that Bates has been one of the Gers better performers since coming into the side since the winter break but paying over the odds for someone who has only just made the breakthrough as a first-team player.

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If Bates does price himself out of a new deal, there are plenty more alternatives available – even within the club already – that the Light Blues can turn to for next season’s title challenge.

In other Rangers news, an outspoken BBC pundit has slammed this Gers player after the draw with Motherwell, claiming he was “unbelievably bad”.

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