Rangers look ever likelier to lose David Bates in the summer as they get closer to the end of the season with no agreement yet to extend the defender’s contract.

Bates had been a mainstay in the side before injury forced him out of the starting XI but director of football Mark Allen needs to get something done quickly or move on to other targets.

The former Raith Rovers youngster replaced Bruno Alves in December’s 0-0 Old Firm clash and was a fixture in Graeme Murty’s side and was close to a Scotland call-up by Alex McLeish before injury struck earlier this month.

Bates’ performances have won the defender plenty of admirers and if the defender does leave Ibrox he’ll have no shortage of suitors.

With Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso both looking set to depart Ibrox in the summer and Russell Martin’s loan coming to an end it would only leave Ross McCrorie as a recognised central defender at the club ahead of the new campaign.

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Unless the Gers can come to an agreement with Bates soon, it could completely change the Gers transfer plans in the summer – both in and out – and Allen will need to make sure it isn’t allowed to happen one way or the other.

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