Showing posts with label David Bates. Show all posts
Showing posts with label David Bates. Show all posts

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Mystery solved over key Rangers man

When Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha announced his confirmed defensive unit earlier this summer, he revealed that David Bates was to be one of his preferred options.

The Portuguese announced that Bruno Alves, Fabio Cardoso, Danny Wilson, David Bates and Ross McCrorie were to be Rangers’ five senior defenders from which he would make his per-match selections.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Three players mentioned in 'cash plus player' deal for Jamie Walker

Reports have broken in the past hour that Rangers have formally re-opened negotiations with Hearts over the transfer of Jamie Walker, with the new condition that it will be a cash plus player purchase, possibly seeing ex-Jambo Jason Holt going the other way.

The fee is still said to be in the £700K region but with Holt’s value estimated at £300K+ the addition of the attacking midfielder as a sweetener should be enough to persuade Ann Budge and Craig Levein to part with Walker after all.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Transfer window: should Rangers fans be worried about this?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

As we have said time and time again, we are truly impressed with how efficient and quick Rangers have been in this summer’s transfer window. Eight players in and possibly more to come is a very decent return so early in the window, and suggests Rangers will have a very different look come the new season.

However, despite all the euphoria and joy over all the inbounds, and the optimism caused by events off the pitch, there is a nagging worry just beginning to plant a seed of doubt.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Is this the smartest thing Pedro Caixinha has done at Ibrox?

Inspired by Alec Beveridge, a long-time poster on Ibrox Noise (we do read the comments you know), it has occurred to the site that manager Pedro Caixinha’s seemingly strange act of announcing his team 36 hours early for the trip to Rugby Park was in fact a calculated and deliberate act and not just a quirky and eccentric approach to the match.

As we remember, not only was the announcement of the team a day and a half early, it threw in a total left-fielder with the news two rookies would make their senior debuts in the heart of defence. And yet, despite many questioning whether Pedro had lost his marbles, in the weeks that have followed it has been an act completely vindicated.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Has this Rangers player earned a start on Sunday?

If Rangers’ defensive crisis has led to one thing, it has been the rise of two brand new starlets into the first team. Myles Beerman we will cover in another entry, but today we focus on 20-year old David Bates who has risen from obscurity to start three matches in succession following the absences of essentially the entire backline bar Danny Wilson.

Bates was already on loan at Ibrox from Raith Rovers before then-manager Mark Warburton decided to make the boy’s time in Govan permanent.

With Philippe Senderos, Clint Hill, Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson in command of the first-team defensive shirts, Bates looked like a mere squad player, a reserve, a utility stopper to come in only when desperately needed. And in truth, that is how it has played out; with three centre-backs unavailable, Bates has been called on to partner the only remaining senior one at manager Pedro Caixinha’s disposal, and the surprising reality is Bates has given a very competent account of himself.

Monday, 10 April 2017

The Warburton 'failure' who turned it around

When 17-year old Danny Wilson made his European debut for Rangers against Unirea Urziceni in late 2009, it was pretty obvious to most keen-eyed observers that the lad was something special. For a defender of such tender years to look quite comfortable in the Uefa Champions League was a rare gem, and as such many fans truly believed they had the future of Rangers before them.

As history tells us, it did not quite work out like that. When EPL giants Liverpool came knocking on the Ibrox door, Wilson was seduced by the move to the English big time. It hurt many Rangers fans and made him, if not an enemy of the club, but a bit unpopular. As we know, that move did not work for Wilson, and it was not until his return to Scotland under Robbie Neilson’s impressive Hearts regime that the stopper regained some of the direction his career had started to lose.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The great mystery of Rangers' star midfielder

“Insert overused clich├ęs about Steven Gerrard and Barry Ferguson here”

Ok, is that out the way? The fact is we all know Jordan Rossiter is a special talent. You do not look at ease in the Europa League and English Premier League for a side the size of Liverpool without being impressive, while excelling for your country and captaining them.

Rossiter outclassed his fellow midfield colleagues earlier this season when paired with the likes of Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar, making Rangers fans genuinely believe we had acquired one of the all-time modern bargains snapping this kid up from the Scousers for less than half a million squid.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Could this 20-year old defender be one for Rangers' future?

Article by: Richard Fillingham
I would like to highlight a situation that happened before the Rangers U20’s 1-0 win over Kilmarnock. The match was played at Murray Park, (or is it still called The Rangers Football Centre these days) on Tuesday 28 February, and our last signing, 6’ 4” centre half David Bates was placed on the bench as a substitute and seemingly deemed not good enough to start the U20’s game. Two subs were brought on (Abaradan 45’ + Atayaki 65’), before David was brought on late in the game and scored Rangers’ only goal.

Rangers U20’s team: Alnwick, Bradley, Beerman, Ashmore, Ross McCrorie, Wilson, Burt, Barjonas, Gibson (Atayaki 65’), Windass (Abaradan 45’), Lyon