Rangers defender David Bates wanted £7,000 per week to sign a new deal with Rangers, according to a report, which the Light Blues baulked at leading to Bates signing a four-year deal with German giants Hamburg.
The 21-year-old’s Ibrox deal was up in the summer and talks had been underway over an extension for the former Raith Rovers defender but the Scottish Sun report that his wage demands were well in excess of what the Gers were prepared to pay.
Bates has made 25 first team appearances for the Gers over his two seasons with the Gers following his move from Raith Rovers.
The Kirkcaldy-born defender initially joined the Light Blues on a six-month development loan before agreeing an 18-month permanent contract with his boyhood heroes.
Football Insider verdict:
£7,000 a week for a 21-year-old who has only just forced his way into a regular game is crazy and the Gers were right to refuse to meet Bates’ demands. While he has done brilliantly to land a four-year deal with Hamburg, expecting that sort of money from the Gers after having been a first-team regular for little over two months is a bit ridiculous. Good luck to him in Germany but there’s absolutely no reason why Rangers should have over-paid for an average defender.
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