'It’s been tough' - David Bates makes admission after Rangers comeback
Defender David Bates has revealed he was blown away by Rangers’ “immense” performance as he made his first-team comeback from injury against Aberdeen on Sunday.
The 21-year-old missed over two months of football through injury but was thrown in against the Dons after Bruno Alves picked up a knee injury in the build-up to the game.
The Gers won 2-1 at Pittodrie despite going down to ten men after Ryan Jack was sent-off in the second-half with Rangers leading 1-0.
Josh Windass scored almost immediately after Jack’s red card before Frank Ross’ excellent free-kick set up a nervy finale in the Scottish Premiership clash.
Bates picked up the man of the match award after an impressive performance against Derek McInnes’ side and admitted it “tough” being out so long but was delighted to have picked up such a crucial win.
“It’s been tough. I was out right at the start of the season for ten weeks,” Bates said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
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“Getting back to fitness and sharpness and to come straight back into a big game like this and win three points at Aberdeen to go above them is great.”
The win over the Dons was the second time in four days that the Gers had picked up maximum points against Derek McInnes’ side and lifted the Glasgow giants into second in the table.
Bates’ only other appearances came against Progrés Niederkorn in the Europa League first qualifying round elimination.
The defender joined the Gers on a six-month loan last summer as part of the club’s Under-20 side before signing an 18-month contract in January to secure a permanent move from Raith Rovers.
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