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12th Apr, 2018 | 8:07pm

Hamburg chief explains shock decision to sign Bates from Rangers

Hamburg’s recruitment chief Johannes Spors has revealed why the German giants have snapped up David Bates on a four-year deal from Rangers – saying the 21-year-old has the “size, speed mentality and responsibility” the help HSV improve.

The Bundesliga side confirmed the shock signing of the former Raith Rovers defender on Thursday after agreeing a pre-contract with the Gers ace.

Bates had been a mainstay in the Gers starting XI in recent weeks before an ankle injury suffered in the 3-2 defeat by Celtic left him on the sidelines.

Spors thinks Bates will “work hard” to improve and will do Hamburg “the world of good” with his signing.

“David brings a mixture of size, speed, mentality and responsibility which is key at the back and will do HSV the world of good. He’s a down-to-earth guy who wants to develop and will work hard to do so,” Spors said, as quoted by Hamburg’s official website.

Bates has made 25 appearances for the Gers since signing, initially on loan, in August 2016.

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The central defender signed an 18-month permanent deal in January 2017 after impressing during his loan stint from Raith with Graeme Murty’s Under-20s side before making his first-team debut towards the end of last season.

Football Insider verdict:

This is one of the oddest transfers in years. Bates has done well to earn a move to Hamburg but it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see it all end in tears. Having watched him regularly since he first joined the Gers, the 21-year-old is incredibly lucky in that then-Gers boss Mark Warburton didn’t rate Ross McCrorie and took a shine to Bates after watching him perform once. The 21-year-old has done well at Ibrox but the Gers need a higher quality player to win the title back from bitter rivals Celtic.

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