Rangers will sanction exit of highly rated defender - reliable journalist
By Derek Smithson
Rangers will allow highly rated young defender David Bates to leave on deadline day, according to a reliable journalist.
Sun correspondent Alan Nixon has revealed on Twitter that the Gers will sanction the exit of the 20-year-old on a temporary basis.
It is understood the Scottish giants will loan out their centre-back and that it would be a cheap deal.
“Rangers. Would let young David Bates go out on loan. Cheap deal for someone,” Nixon wrote on his personal Twitter account.
Bates is an exciting young talent at Ibrox who joined in January 2017 after a successful spell with the development side.
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The Scottish centre-back got introduced into the first team at the back-end of last season and made eight appearances.
He has featured twice so far in the new campaign during their Europa League qualifying defeats, but is yet to be involved in the match day squad for the league.
Football Insider verdict:
Bates is unlikely to get a look-in this season at Ranges and it makes sense to send the youngster out on loan to continue his development. The defender made a strong impact in the first team last year and showed glimpses of his ability, but he could come back next year a much better player if he is loaned out. He has the quality to perform at most sides in the Scottish top flight and that would be an ideal move for him. Bates needs some senior experience to help him progress, something he is yet to really have in his career. Caixinha was keen to strengthen his defence in the summer and the likes of Bruno Alves, Fabio Cardoso and Danny Wilson are now above Bates in the pecking order.
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