Did Rangers get big call wrong following latest developments?


We’ll be honest here at Ibrox Noise – after his ‘Bambi on ice’ debut at Killie under Pedro last season, David Bates was not one we considered good enough for his ex-team Raith Rovers, never mind us.

Now that he’s plying his trade in Germany with Hamburg in their second division and has been called up to the national side, we still do wonder if others are seeing something we’re not.

They sit top of the table in Germany’s second flight, with 12 goals conceded in 13 matches, and as decent as that sounds, bear in mind it’s the equivalent of a very decent EPL side having a bad season, going down like Newcastle, then bouncing back up immediately.

When we watched Bates, we could see a decent defender in him now and then, but by and large he just didn’t instil confidence.

And Rangers’ board agreed – despite the he-said-she-said nonsense, whether a deal was offered to him in January, it wasn’t enough to keep him at Ibrox and from nowhere this seemingly average defender got a move to a rather big German team.

And his stats it has to be said are rather impressive – in matches he played, Hamburg have only conceded seven goals. That’s in 11 appearances in his case.

It’s fairly evident why he’s been called up to the NT and we do wonder if he’s one we here at the site and the club indeed got wrong. If enough people tell you you’re wrong, sometimes you have to listen.

And yet while here he just didn’t stand out. But he clearly did to Hamburger and now Scotland.

Did we make a mistake letting him go?

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  1. This client is the biggest turnip ive ever seen play football, an absolute imposter of a defender. So glad when he left, remember reading to that he was hauled off after 30 mins in his Hamburg debut when they got chinned by a bunch of part timers, now he's the Ginger Ramos apparently, i almost laughed my nuts of that one.

  2. People are to quick to judge this guy not given his chance really and could not get shifted out the door quick enough it's a booboo by management.

  3. He chose to leave! I always thought he was a decent defender with poor distribution. He's young and was always going to get better…that's what's happening! He chose to go, if he wanted to stay he would have. End of! I'm happy with the options we have now. Would he get a game ahead of goldson or katic? No. He's away, good luck to him. We have moved on! #55

  4. Yes
    Good Enough Centre-Back
    Big Mistake Letting Him Go 👊

    Would Bring Him Back along with Halkett or Lindsay(Ex Partick)

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