Rangers legend Jorg Albertz thinks losing David Bates will be a “huge disappointment” for the Light Blues but insists playing in Germany will make him a “better player” after agreeing a four-year deal with Hamburg.
Bates will join the Germans at the end of the season after the shock announcement he was heading to Hamburg when his contract ended.
Former HSV and Rangers star Albertz thinks the move will benefit the payer although admits that the Gers “need to keep their talented players.”
“This will be a huge disappointment for Rangers because when you lose a good young talent like him it’s not nice. Rangers need to keep their talented players for themselves,” Albertz said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“But at the same time the boy has to put himself forward and make his own way in the game – and there’s no doubt playing in the Bundesliga, even in the second tier, will make him a better player.”
Bates joined the Gers from Raith Rovers in August 2016, initially on loan, and has made 25 appearances over his two seasons at Ibrox.
The defender has made 17 appearances this term and had been a mainstay in the first-team after Bruno Alves’ injury in the December Old Firm draw before an ankle injury took Bates out of contention.
Football Insider verdict:
After starring for both clubs, Albertz will be acutely aware of what is needed to be a success. The move should help Bates improve as a player although he shouldn’t be a massive loss for the Light Blues. The 21-year-old has done well when he’s been involved but still has some very clear areas he needs to improve on. More Scottish players should follow the likes of Bates and try their luck abroad and experience a new footballing environment and different culture.
In other Rangers news, Gers fans were blown away by this winger’s performance in the 4-0 win over Breidablik.