By Adefunmiloye Alani

5th Aug, 2021 | 10:27am

Rangers want to sign Hamburg centre-back David Bates

Rangers are keen on bringing Hamburg centre-back David Bates back to Ibrox this summer, according to Homme du Match.

The Scotland international, 24, is also wanted by Premier League side Brentford, but it is the Scottish Premiership champions who are set to submit an offer to land his services.

Bates has just a year left on his current deal with the 2. Bundesliga side, and are likely to be open to a sale instead of losing him for free next summer.

A return on the cards?

The defender left Rangers just a couple of days before manager Steven Gerrard arrived in the summer of 2018, and it is highly unlikely that the Light Blues boss would be keen on bringing him back.

We are well-stocked at the back right now, and should the club look to bring another centre-back in, it should be an upgrade on what we already have.

With Leon Balogun unavailable for selection against Malmo, Filip Helander was brought in to pair Connor Goldson for the crucial Champions League qualifiers, but he did not particularly impress.

Nevertheless, he remains a fine defender, and Bates will not be able to bench any of our centre-backs despite his fine performances while on loan at Cercle Brugge last term.

The fact that the Belgian side opted against activating the option to buy at the end of the deal speaks volumes, and we definitely deserve better.

Rangers have been linked with former Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill, and that looks like it.

The links with Bate could be a ploy to drive up interest in him as he enters the last 11 months of his deal, but it is not likely to catch the attention of the decision-makers at Ibrox.

In other Rangers news, player to jet into Scotland, Bears at advanced stage for deal.