David Bates has paid tribute to Rangers and the supporters ahead of his move to HSV in Germany.
The Scottish defender surprised many towards the end of the season when he was paraded as a Hamburg signing ahead of a Bosman move this summer.
He’d been playing regularly for Rangers under Graeme Murty and the Ibrox club had offered him a new deal as the months ran down on his existing contract.
But Bates believes Germany is the best place to continue his development – and he’ll join up with the recently relegated club later this summer to start the next part of his career.
After playing in the 5-5 draw with Hibs to finish the season, Bates has bided his time before sending a message to supporters thanking them for the backing he’s received since joining the club from Raith Rovers:
I would like to say a huge thanks to everyone at @rangersfc from the fans to the staff and to all the players for everything they’ve done for me. Although we didn’t finish the season the way we should have, I would like to wish the club all the success in the future.🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/ln9U7pUQ5m
— David Bates (@DavidBates_) May 25, 2018
It will be interesting to see how Bates copes in Germany’s second tier as Hamburg look to bounce straight back into the Bundesliga.
He made just 28 appearances for Rangers before earning this move and success in Germany could lead to him becoming a Scotland international in the near future.