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22nd Jan, 2018 | 9:10am

Rangers must continue to clear decks after reported English interest in defender

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Rangers defender David Bates could be set to head to England after reports Championship side Sunderland are interested in signing the 21-year-old.
The Daily Record claims Sunderland want to bring the defender to the Stadium of Light when his Ibrox contract comes to an end in the summer.
Bates joined Rangers in the summer of 2016 on loan before agreeing a permanent switch during last January’s transfer window.
The Kirkcaldy-born defender has made 14 appearances for the first-team but as Graeme Murty continues to improve his squad it is difficult to see any place for the former Raith Rovers youngster.
With Danny Wilson and Russell Martin the likely first-choice central defensive partnership for the rest of the season, Fabio Cardoso looking like he’s hanging around until summer at least and talented academy graduates like Ross McCrorie and Aidan Wilson then it’s difficult to see where Bates fits in.
With his contract running out, it’s not even that likely that he’ll stick around at Ibrox beyond the current season and the possibility of a move to Sunderland should appeal to someone who a little over 18 months ago was playing in the lower leagues of Scotland.
Heading to the Championship and the opportunity to test himself against a good quality of player seems like an ideal move for Bates while it allows Rangers to continue clearing the decks a little over the coming months.
In other Rangers news, an English club is interested in a swoop for this Gers defender after contract negotiations begin.
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