It’s been a crazy week for everyone at Ibrox, with their 5-0 battering at the hands of Celtic last weekend being quickly followed up by the delight of Steven Gerrard’s appointment as manager yesterday.
But he won’t take over until June 1st – so it’s up to Jimmy Nicholl, Jonatan Johansson and the current crop of players to secure second in the Scottish Premiership table and European football next season.
The visit of Kilmarnock to Ibrox this afternoon would have reminded everyone how difficult a challenge that will be.
Yet Rangers clawed their way to a win, thanks in a big part to a solid performance and a goal from Bates.
He’ll leave Rangers this summer after signing a pre-contract agreement with Hamburg in Germany earlier this year, but fans don’t care:
David Bates to the fucking rescue as per
— 🔱 (@AllyB93__) May 5, 2018
Yas Well in young Master Bates.
— StevieGsBlueandWhiteArmy (@VaticanRSC) May 5, 2018
Outstanding from start to finish David Bates
— Sebo (@Seb0L) May 5, 2018
David Bates been rangers most consistant player this season solid at the back #bigloss
— Skankhunt42 (@stuart2991) May 5, 2018
Will Stevie G maybe make young Master Bates think twice about leaving Ibrox?
— The Drone Ranger (@Ned_Stevens1) May 5, 2018
Still heartbroken with davy bates leaving
— David Johnston (@davidjohnston54) May 5, 2018
That goal by Bates a wee leaving present #Rangers 🔴⚪🔵🇬🇧⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
— John Wilson (@JohnRangers54) May 5, 2018
I love David bates 🔵⚪🔴
— Joseph Kennedy (@josephkennedy93) May 5, 2018
Davie Bates was excellent today 👌
— Daz (@DazzAllison) May 5, 2018
Bates Bates oh oh oh oh Bates Bates
— Dickooo (@scott_dickson11) May 5, 2018
Defence reasonably solid with bates in the day. Ad liked him to stay next year but hopefully Stevie G has some connections to bring in.
— J's Gimmicks (@js_gimmicks) May 5, 2018
We all dream of a team of David Bates 🔴⚪️🔵 💙
— Daniel Doherty (@1872RFC) May 5, 2018
Big ginger beauty #bates
— Ryan (@Ryanewing1690) May 5, 2018
we will miss you david bates 🙁
— ryan 🙂 (@oddfknryan) May 5, 2018
Totally dominated that game today final ball was awful though. Nice to see McCrorie back in the midfield, had a great game. Bates impressive at the back too, we've missed him.
— Churchill (@Rangers_co_uk) May 5, 2018
What better way for David Bates to play his last game at Ibrox. A win and a Goal. Well done and very best of luck at Hamburg
— Baz B0wski (@B4ZBowski) May 5, 2018
Big Bates back in the team, clean sheet and a goal.
Pity he is away ⚽️🇬🇧
— Becks⚽🇬🇧 (@becks1872) May 5, 2018
Bates best player on the park. Honestly gutted we've let him go. He can improve but he has the makings of a top class defender.
— David Smith (@daveS1872) May 5, 2018
Who ever decided to let Bates leave deserves a boot on the shin
— gmitch (@gordomitchell1) May 5, 2018
Take back what a ever said about David bates, ma new favourite rangers player 💙
— Jamie Nelson (@JamieNelson1998) May 5, 2018
Unpopular decision but for me Alnwick would be my number one next season gutted even more Bates is leaving when you see a commanding performance like that 🔴⚪️🔵
— Mark bell (@markbell69) May 5, 2018
Hope the contract for Bates going to Hamburg falls through, I love that man
— Kyle McGuiggan (@kyle_mcguiggan) May 5, 2018
Of course, Bates’ move to Hamburg is set so there’s no way he’ll be able to remain beyond the summer and play for Rangers.
Instead, he’ll attempt to help Hamburg get back into the Bundesliga following their inevitable relegation this season.