Rangers supporters have been pretty despondent in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team’s slim Scottish Premiership title chances all but vanish after losing the Old Firm derby at Ibrox on Sunday.
Graeme Murty’s men went into their clash with leaders and defending champions Celtic off the back of a four-match winning streak in the league, a run which moved them to within six points of the Bhoys at the summit. And first half goals from Josh Windass and Daniel Candeias, either side of a Tom Rogic strike, gave the Gers the lead at Ibrox on Sunday, only for Moussa Dembele to equalise on the stroke of half time, before Odsonne Edouard bagged the winner midway through the second half for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Consequently, there have been many frustrated Light Blues fans in the Tavern in the last few days, and their mood is unlikely to be improved by a recent unwelcome report from The Scottish Sun, which suggests that a new deal for defender David Bates is in huge doubt as talks have reportedly ‘stalled’.
The 21-year-old made the move to Rangers back in January 2017 after enjoying a decent development loan with the club in the six months prior, and he has since gone on to become a regular first-teamer under Murty by starting their last nine Scottish Premiership matches.
An injury sustained against Celtic at the weekend though looks set to keep him on the sidelines for the foreseeable future, and it very much remains to be seen whether he’ll be at Ibrox next season as reports suggest that talks over a new contract with the club have ‘stalled’.
And this recent update is unlikely to thrill our resident Rangers fans, who have seen Bates develop well to become arguably the number one centre-back at the club, and ultimately one they can ill-afford to lose in the summer.
Landlord’s verdict: David Bates failed to feature in any of Rangers’ opening 15 Scottish Premiership matches this season, but nine successive starts suggest that he has become a hugely important member of Graeme Murty’s squad at Ibrox.
Yet his Rangers future remains in huge doubt as reports suggest that talks over a new contract, given his expires in the summer, have ‘stalled’, thus increasing the prospect of the 21-year-old leaving for nothing come the end of the season.
And given how influential he has been for the Gers in recent weeks, this update is unlikely to be welcomed by Murty and indeed the club’s supporters, with the many of latter sincerely hoping that this key agreement can indeed be struck between now and the end of the campaign.
Rangers fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!