By Alex Stevens

David Bates was handed his Rangers debut in Wednesday’s Scottish Premiership stalemate against Kilmarnock – and fans took to Twitter to deliver mixed verdicts on his display.

With the Scottish giants ravaged by injuries and unavailabilities, Pedro Caixinha fast-tracked Bates, 20, and his fellow rookie Myles Beerman, 18, into the starting XI for the clash on Rugby Park’s artificial surface.

Bates played the full 90 minutes in the unfamiliar and inexperienced back four just a few months after joining Rangers in the January transfer window on an 18-month development loan.

Bates was at centre-back alongside fit-again Danny Wilson, flanked by Beerman at left-back and right-back mainstay James Tavernier.

Supporters took to social media to analyse his display, with some claiming the ex-Raith Rovers man looked shaky, while others claimed he was polished and contributed well to a clean sheet for his side.

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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

Bates caught the eye last season when he broke through at the Kirkcaldy side before moving on loan to Brechin City.

Bates returned to Raith 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 until the summer of 2018.

Rangers have lost ground in the race to finish second in the league over the last week, during which Aberdeen have secured two consecutive Aberdeen victories.

Caixinha’s third-placed side have drawn twice in a row and are now 13 points adrift of Derek McInnes’ team with just seven matches of the campaign remaining.

In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.

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