Hamburg manager Christian Titz discusses Rangers man David Bates

David Bates of Scottish club Rangers FC (R) collars Lucca of Brazilian club Corinthians during their Florida Cup soccer game at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida on January 13, 2018,...

David Bates is set to leave Rangers and join Hamburg at the end of his contract.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic controls the ball under pressure of David Bates of Rangers during the Scottish Cup Semi-Final match between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on April 23, 2017 in...

Hamburg manager Christian Titz has been quoted by the Daily Record as saying incoming signing David Bates can be the catalyst for the German side's promotion back into the Bundesliga next season.

Bates, 21, has signed a pre-contract agreement with Hamburg, after the Gers failed to tie down the former Raith Rovers defender beyond the end of the season at Ibrox. He will join Hamburg on June 1.

His form towards the end of the season will surely frustrate Rangers fans, who have nicknamed the defender as the "ginger Ramos" in relation to his hair colour and Real Madrid superstar Sergio Ramos.

Referee Jonathan Bilinski gets between David Bates of Scottish club Rangers FC (R) and Lucca of Brazilian club Corinthians during their Florida Cup soccer game at Orlando City Stadium in...

Hamburg suffered relegation at the end of the season, and new boss Titz believes Bates can be the catalyst for an instant promotion back to the Bundesliga - as well as a number of fellow new recruits.

"We have already made some additions to the team for next season. One of them is a young Scottish defender and we have high hopes for David Bates," Titz said.

"When you add exciting talent like him and a few others and mix them with the main body of the squad we already have signed up, then there is plenty of reason to be optimistic we can challenge for a return to the Bundesliga.

"We also have plenty of experience in the squad and I am confident we won't be out of the top league for too long."

Hamburg's German midfielder Lewis Holtby (L) and Hamburg's German head coach Christian Titz (R) celebrate after the German first division Bundesliga football match VfL Wolfsburg vs...

Hamburg have decided to chance their arm on Scotland Under-21 international Bates, despite the centre-back making just 28 senior appearances for the Gers since being given his debut under Pedro Caixinha.

His departure leaves Rangers with somewhat of a problem area at centre-back, with doubts surrounding the futures of Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso, while Russell Martin remains on loan and Ross McCrorie is best used in midfield.

 

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