Rangers manager Graeme Murty has confirmed David Bates will have a scan on his injured ankle although the Gers boss revealed there was no broken bones.
Bates was injured in Sunday’s 3-2 Old Firm defeat at the hands of Celtic and was spotted wearing a protective boot and on crutches after being taken to hospital in the immediate aftermath.
Murty confirmed to the club’s official website that Bates would need a scan and Gers fans passed their well wishes on to the 21-year-old on social media – with one fan calling the news a “game changer.”
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
@DavidBates_ hope it goes your way Batesy????????
— Casey (@Smithy_1872) March 13, 2018
Good! Hope he heals well and fast ⚽
— ☮ Cecilia ☮ (@scocic) March 13, 2018
— fifo Rfc (@CatFifo) March 13, 2018
Who does our medical scans? An old lady with a tea cup and leaves? I have done my ankle lots of times and as soon as it was x-ray you knew ok not broken, fractured much more painful but recover quicker. Everything seems to take forever with us.
— Ricky Forbes (@Ricky9Forbes) March 13, 2018
Our chance went when he went off cardoso is not the answer.
— William Lewis (@lewiswilliam31) March 13, 2018
Given what Ryan Jack was sent off for at Pittodrie, with quite a few pundits defending the sending off, how come not one has said Rogic should've gone for injuring Bates? What's the difference? (I don't think either was a foul)
— Dancio (@gersmandan) March 13, 2018
Huge miss for Rangers Bill ????????????????
— Gary H (@GH7542) March 12, 2018
Shocking luck we've had with injuries..hopefully big Bates' isn't as bad as it looked.
— Ian Barrie (@ian_barrie) March 12, 2018
Bates had played in every game so far in 2018 after replacing Bruno Alves in December’s 0-0 Old Firm draw at Celtic Park.
After keeping the Portuguese veteran and Euro 2016 winner out of the starting XI, it will likely be Alves who benefits from Bates’ injury.
The 21-year-old joined the Gers from Raith Rovers in August 2016 on a development loan before signing an 18-month contract to make his move permanent the following January.
Bates’ current deal runs out at the end of the season with talks ongoing over an extension to keep the boyhood Gers fan at Ibrox.
After making the break through, Bates was close to winning a place in Alex McLeish’s Scotland squad for the frienndlies with Costa Rica and Hungary.
In other Rangers news, Gers reported injury blow comes at worst possible time for 21-year-old.