The centre-back left Ibrox for the Bundesliga 2 side at the end of the Scottish Premiership season, having failed to reach an agreement with the Scottish Premiership side over a new contract to stay in Glasgow.
Congrats on your first HSV goal, @DavidBates_ 👌🏴
— HSV English (@HSV_English) July 5, 2018
Hamburg pounced and managed to secure his services on a free transfer, and it certainly looks like they might’ve bagged themselves a bargain.
Albeit his header came in a crushing 10-0 win over lower-league side TuS Dassendorf, Bates’ goal gives a hint to just how well he’s adapting to life playing football in a foreign country.
If he manages to help fire the club towards a promotion push back towards the Bundesliga next season, should Bates become a realistic contender for a place in future Scotland squads?
What do you think?