Rangers balked at David Bates' wage demands - reports

David Bates decided to leave Rangers after the club refused his demands of £7,500 per week, according to the Daily Record.

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The 21-year-old yesterday put pen to paper on a four-year deal with Hamburg after the Bundesliga side took advantage of the player’s expiring contract.

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The centre-back has generally impressed in his 17 appearances this term, including a man of the match award the last time Rangers travelled to Celtic Park.

David Bates has agreed to join Hamburg on a four-year deal. Picture: SNS

However, Ibrox chiefs believed he wasn’t worth his demands of a new deal and talks broke down in March.

Bates joined the club at the beginning of the 2016/17 Scottish Premiership season on loan from then-Championship club Raith Rovers. That move was made permanent in January the following year.

David Bates has agreed to join Hamburg on a four-year deal. Picture: SNS