Rangers supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their team complete a thrilling 5-3 victory at Hamilton on Sunday to move up to second in the Scottish Premiership table.
Graeme Murty’s men saw nearest challengers Aberdeen lose 2-0 at Hibernian on Saturday to give them an opportunity to move back into second place, and they duly took it after a remarkable game at New Douglas Park. A hat-trick from Josh Windass as well as strikes from Jamie Murphy and Alfredo Morelos secured a big win for the Scottish giants, with goals from Darren Lyon, David Templeton, and Dougie Imrie giving the Gers something to think about, only for Murty’s side to run out comfortable winners and at the same time reduce the gap on leaders Celtic to nine points.
Consequently, there have been several delighted Light Blues fans in the Tavern in recent times, many of whom are beginning to wonder whether their team can catch Brendan Rodgers’ Bhoys, who drew 0-0 at home to St Johnstone on Sunday to see their lead over the Gers cut to nine points.
Yet things weren’t all jubilant among our resident Rangers supporters on Sunday, with many deeply concerned by their team’s defensive capabilities against Martin Canning’s Hamilton, who bagged three times to leave the Gers with just eight clean sheets from their 27 league games thus far.
And one man in particular was slammed by several Rangers fans on Twitter, namely centre-back David Bates…
Bates is no way a rangers player. Absolutely no idea how he plays
— dale (@dalebarrass1) February 18, 2018
Bates is honking, should be nowhere near our team
— Steven Johnston (@steven1johnston) February 18, 2018
Don’t care what anybody says Bates isn’t a Rangers player not good enough
— Greig Taylor (@greigtaylor1) February 18, 2018
Ngl Bates was absolutely awful today
— Rangers Loyal (@RangersLoyal3) February 18, 2018
Bates should not be a regular starter. Sick of saying it. He can’t pass. He panics and makes rash decisions. We need to try a new pairing and fast. Also not convinced Martin is an answer.
— Zoidgers (@nathanj3001) February 18, 2018
Neither id go alves and martin… bates should be nowhere near considered first team starter
— Graeme Jordan (@graemejordan85) February 18, 2018
The defence was a shambles today. No praise is due after that.
— John Moore (@John_moore720) February 18, 2018
Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!