Kenny Miller on what he's heard about ex-Glasgow Rangers man David Bates

David Bates left Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers this summer, after his contract at the club expired.

Kenny Miller of Rangers retrieves the ball from the net after scoring a consolation goal late in the second half during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and...

Kenny Miller has told BBC Sport that he knew Glasgow Rangers defender David Bates could go on to have an excellent career, just from playing with him at Ibrox.

Bates and Miller were teammates in Rangers’ first-team for over a year, and the veteran striker immediately noticed how good the centre-back was.

Miller feels that Bates should be credited for leaving Rangers for Hamburg in the summer, in search of first-team football.


And the former Rangers front-man claims that he is hearing rumours that Bates will get a big move soon.

"I had 18 months with him at Rangers, and he is one of those lads that needs to play," Miller said.

"You could see big Batesy had all the attributes. He has gone over to Bundesliga2 and I am hearing rave reviews about him. I hear bigger teams in Germany are reportedly sniffing around him about a possible move in January, or at the end of the season.

"It shows the character of the boy that he has gone to that level. He could have stayed at Rangers or somewhere closer to home, but he has taken the plunge and decided to try something different. By all accounts it has worked out great for him.”

David Bates of Hamburger SV runs with the ball during the Second Bundesliga match between Hamburger SV and FC St. Pauli at Volksparkstadion on September 30, 2018 in Hamburg, Germany.

Bates was only really used in a rotational role during his two full seasons at Ibrox.

The young defender made 28 appearances in total for Rangers, before he departed for Germany.

Since leaving for Hamburg, Bates has gone on to impress and has now forced his way into the Scotland squad.

The ex-Rangers man could make his international debut in the coming days, when Alex McLeish’s side take on Albania and Israel.

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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