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Aberdeen sign defender David Bates from Hamburg

The former Rangers centre-back has made the move to Pittodrie.

Aberdeen sign defender David Bates from Hamburg SNS Group

Aberdeen have signed defender David Bates from German side Hamburg for an undisclosed fee.

Bates has agreed a three-year contract at Pittodrie and will add to manager Stephen Glass’ options at the back following the injury to Andy Considine.

The defender, who has four Scotland caps, is back in the SPFL after three years away, having moved to Hamburg from Rangers in 2018 and subsequently having loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Cercle Brugge.

Glass said: “I’m pleased to add David to our group. He is a young, proven, Scotland international and his arrival further increases the number of young Scottish international players we have here at Pittodrie, all of whom are going to play a huge part in our future.

“He is here amid strong interest from other teams, particularly with the transfer window due to close shortly, so I’m delighted he has chosen Aberdeen as the place to further his career. We are eager to start working with David and look forward to seeing the impact he will have on the squad.”

Bates will watch Aberdeen play Ross County on Sunday as he awaits international clearance.