Rangers first teamer reportedly rejects contract, Ibrox has ready-made replacements
Rangers defender David Bates has reportedly rejected a new contract with the Ibrox giants but, despite his recent form in the first-team, the 21-year-old is easily replaced in the Gers defence.
Bates has impressed since coming into the side but Gers fans blog Four Lads Had a Dream, which has been a very reliable source for news about the club in recent months, claimed on Twitter on Saturday, that the defender has turned down a contract offer.
Yeah that’s true John, early in negotiations with him, Sometimes things take a bit longer with players, but not a problem at this stage. He’s a Rangers fan so hopefully we get it sorted. I’d be concerned if he disappeared from team as that would be a sign, however plenty of time
— Four Lads Had a Dream (@4Ladhadadream) February 17, 2018
The former Raith Rovers defender is out of contract in the summer and after making a surprise move to Ibrox to begin with, it’s unlikely the grass will be greener if he decides to move on.
While playing in the Under-20’s last season, Bates was consistently out-performed by potential replacements Ross McCrorie and Aidan Wilson and both could quite easily take Bates’ place in the starting XI – McCrorie in all probability will replace Bates when he recovers from injury.
There’s no question that Bates has been a standout for the Gers recently but for the first time in a long time, the Gers are in a position where they don’t need to let players – or their agents – hold them to ransom.
Keeping Bates at Ibrox would always be the preference after making the leap from lower league football to being a near-automatic pick for the time being but if the player and club can’t come to an agreement then there are plenty other options available without needing to spend a penny.
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