Rangers fans react to Bates display in win against Aberdeen
By Alex Stevens
David Bates made his second start of the week for Rangers in their 3-0 Scottish Premiership win against Aberdeen on Sunday – and fans took to Twitter to mostly hail his display.
With the Scottish giants ravaged by injuries and unavailabilities at the back, Pedro Caixinha has fast-tracked Bates, 20, and his fellow rookie Myles Beerman, 18, into the starting XI this week.
Bates played the full 90 minutes in the midweek stalemate at Kilmarnock and did the same again at Pittodrie, where Rangers had not won in the league since 2011.
Bates was at centre-back alongside Danny Wilson, flanked by Beerman at left-back and right-back mainstay James Tavernier.
Rangers secured a comprehensive win thanks to three second-half goals in three minutes from Kenny Miller, who scored the first two, and substitute Joe Dodoo.
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Supporters took to social media to analyse Bates’ display, with some claiming the on-loan defender looked shaky, while most praised him for a major contribution to a clean sheet for his side.
One Rangers fan even hailed the red-haired youngster as the ‘Ginger Ramos’.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Ross Armour (@RossArmour346) April 9, 2017
Really impressed with Beerman and Bates! Big game and mature performances #Rangers
— Joe (@neeson1306) April 9, 2017
Bates is no way near ready
— THE STAUNCH ONE???? (@MrRangers72) April 9, 2017
Biggest concern is if Bates is the best centre back in the Rangers academy ????
— James Ross (@Jamesy1988) April 9, 2017
Bates and Beerman outstanding!!! #Rangers
— Jason Martin (@jason_martin11) April 9, 2017
As dodgy as big ginger bates is for rangers that’s 2 clean sheets in his 2 games #gingerramos
— Kev.i.n (@kevindyet1) April 9, 2017
Bates caught the eye last season when he broke through at Raith before moving on loan to Brechin City.
Bates returned to the Kirkcaldy side where he made nine top team starts in the second half of last season, including in a 1-0 defeat to Rangers at Stark’s Park in February 2016.
He spent the first six months of the season with the Rangers development side and was deemed to have done enough to win himself a deal in January on loan until the summer of 2018.
Rangers have gained ground in the race to finish second in the league, narrowing the gap on second-placed Aberdeen to nine points.
Caixinha’s third-placed side will consider there is still an opportunity to overhaul Derek McInnes’ team with just six matches of the campaign remaining.
In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.