By Richard Parks
Kris Commons has slammed Rangers in the Scottish Daily Mail for allowing David Bates to quit for Hamburg on a free transfer.
The Bundesliga club confirmed on Thursday that Bates, 21, will sign a four-year deal worth around £7,000-a-week in the summer and bring to an end his promising spell with his boyhood club.
Manager Graeme Murty subsequently admitted the Ibrox giants wanted the former Raith defender to stay at the club but couldn’t match the terms on offer from Hamburg.
Sky Sports pundit and former Celtic playmaker Commons questioned how the Gers managed to let Bates leave the club for nothing when they could have kept him by offering £7,000-a-week.
“I can’t even begin to work out why David Bates has been allowed to walk out of the door at Ibrox to sign for Hamburg,” Commons wrote in his weekly Mail column.
“The money that has been quoted in terms of his wage demands is not mega-bucks. If you consider the players they’ve brought in and the wages they threw at them when Pedro Caixinha was there, it’s just not unreasonable.
“If you can’t offer seven grand to a player who’s probably been your best centre-half this season, what on earth are they going to offer to someone else they are looking to sign?
“It’s crazy. As a young Scot growing up, if you support Celtic or Rangers, it’s your dream to play for those clubs and stay there for the rest of your career. Kieran Tierney would play for free for Celtic if he had to.
“For a club to be in a position where they can’t afford to give a player the minimum salary for an Old Firm player is waving the white flag.
“Rangers have made a habit of losing good Scottish players like Bates. Barrie McKay and Danny Wilson also walked out the door.
“These are Rangers fans, Scottish players who knew what it was all about. Boys you could build something around for the future.
“For a club like Rangers not to offer a guy like Bates seven grand a week is pathetic.”
Bates originally joined the Gers on a six-month development loan under Mark Warburton and subsequently an 18-month permanent contract in January 2017.
Bates has made 17 appearances this season and was a regular in the side following the winter break and injury to Bruno Alves.
Football Insider verdict:
Commons hits the nail on the head when he points out how Caixinha was backed in the transfer market last summer to the tune of pretty hefty wages for Bruno Alves, Carlos Pena and company. The money appears to have run out after the Portugese gambled it on players who have failed to live up to either their billing or weekly pay packets. It is a massive indictment of the poor planning that the transfer and wages budget was wasted, as well as further proof of Caixinha’s hopeless judgement. Rangers paid the price for that last week when it emerged that Bates was heading to Germany. He could have been a mainstay of the team for the next decade.