Raith Rovers boss Gary Locke admits talking to Rangers about Jordan Thompson, Scott Roberts and David Bates

General view outside the stadium before the match

Rangers loanee David Bates will see his Ibrox loan deal expire next month.

Raith Rovers boss Gary Locke has told Deadline News that he's speaking to Rangers about the futures of Jordan Thompson and Scott Roberts, as well as David Bates.

Raith currently sit outside of the Scottish Championship play-offs on goal difference, and will be chasing down the likes of Morton and Falkirk in the coming weeks.

Locke's side will be hoping to put themselves in with a shot of winning promotion to the top flight, and two loan players will be key to that goal.

Kilmarnock manager Gary LockeRaith Rovers manager Gary Locke

Over the summer, Raith took Rangers duo Jordan Thompson and Scott Roberts on loan, boosting their midfield with loan deals until January.

Heading the other way was defender David Bates, who joined Rangers on a similar deal until January, with the Gers wanting to have a look at the young centre back.

So far, Roberts has hit one goal in 13 games for Raith Rovers, whilst it's one goal in 16 for former Manchester United youngster Thompson, who featured for the Rangers first team earlier this season.

General view outside the stadium before the matchGeneral view outside Ibrox

However, Bates has yet to make his competitive debut for Rangers, and whilst he's been on the bench in the Scottish Premiership on a couple of occasions, he's still waiting for his senior debut for the Gers.

With all three loan deals coming to an end next month, Raith boss Locke has told Deadline News that he is speaking to Rangers about the futures of Roberts and Thompson, and hopes to have a decision on Bates' long-term future settled soon as well, with Rangers no doubt considering permanent deals for all three players.”

“It’s something I’m speaking to Rangers about at the minute,” said Locke. “We’ve got a couple of lads from there and they’ve done really well, so I’d be really keen to keep these boys. But it will all depend on what Mark and Davie want to do with them. Obviously, they’re Rangers’ players and Rangers’ priority. If Rangers recall them then we’ll have to look at something else.”

“But hopefully with these lads getting first-team football – and I’m hoping they’ve enjoyed it here – then it would be great if we could keep them. We’re in talks at the moment and we’ll see what happens.

“Batesy’s at Rangers and he’s doing well, so he’ll be part of the conversation. People a wee bit higher up than myself will sit around the table and hopefully sort something out. But, at the minute, I’m delighted with the deal in place and the lads that have come from Rangers have been great; we’re over the moon with how well they’ve done,” he added.

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