Rangers reported defender offer proves he was always destined for Ibrox exit
Rangers defender David Bates is off to join Hamburg in the summer when his Ibrox contract ends – and the reported offer of a £250 wage increase shows that the defender wasn’t in the club’s long-term plans moving forward.
The 21-year-old defender will join the Germans at the end of the season and, according to reports, the Gers only offered an increase of £250 on his existing wage to entice him to stay around – but in reality it looks as though the Gers were simply making an offer to ensure they receive compensation when he moved.
According to the Daily Mail, the Gers’ derisory offer was made to the former Raith Rovers defender but Bates has decided to try his luck on the continent, although the defender might not get the chance to play in the Bundesliga if HSV suffer the ignominy of relegation.
Had the Gers not made an offer it would have meant the Gers not being in line for any compensation when the Kirkcaldy-born ace moves to Germany.
Bates has impressed since coming into the starting XI in December but the 21-year-old was never going to be the long-term answer for the Light Blues in defence and it didn’t make sense for the Gers to bend to the defender’s contract demands.
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With suggestions Bates was demanded £7,500 per week to stay at Ibrox it would have been absolute madness to give the defender that sort of money to keep him and the Gers will now pick up a five-figure compensation fee when he completes his move to Hamburg.