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Ex-Glasgow Rangers man David Bates praises Billy Gilmour and Harry Middleton

David Bates of Hamburg reacts during the Second Bundesliga match between Hamburger SV and DSC Arminia Bielefeld at Volksparkstadion on August 27, 2018 in Hamburg, Germany.

Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers had to deal with the blow of losing David Bates last summer.

David Bates of Hamburg reacts during the Second Bundesliga match between Hamburger SV and DSC Arminia Bielefeld at Volksparkstadion on August 27, 2018 in Hamburg, Germany.

Former Glasgow Rangers defender David Bates has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he believes Harry Middleton and Billy Gilmour can become Scotland internationals of the future.

Bates played with both Middleton and Gilmour at the younger age groups when breaking through at Ibrox.

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The trio were all highly regarded at Rangers, but it is now only Middleton who remains with Steven Gerrard’s side.

 

And Bates believes that both Middleton and Gilmour can go on to have bright futures in the game.

"You’ve got Kieran Tierney, Scott McKenna, John Souttar who could have all played,” Bates said, after Scotland’s under-21 side failed to qualify for the European Championships.

“They’re good players. Boys are getting into the first team. And there’s Billy Gilmour and Glenn Middleton too – the young players here for the next time.”

Billy Gilmour of Chelsea in action during the FA Youth Cup semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Birmingham City at Stamford Bridge on April 10, 2018 in London, England.

Bates left Rangers in the summer to make a switch to Hamburg, in what was a controversial move.

Gilmour, meanwhile, opted to leave Rangers for Chelsea and he has gone on to impress in the Premier League side’s development squads.

Middleton has been rewarded for sticking around by Gerrard though, as the young prospect has already received plenty of game time this season, and he is starting to catch the eye.

David Bates of Scotland in action during the UEFA European Under-21 Championship group 4 qualifying match between Netherlands and Scotland at Stadion De Vijverberg on September 11, 2018 in...

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