CENTRAL defender David Bates is quitting Rangers to sign a four-year deal with German side SV Hamburg.

The shock move emerged after contract talks between the 21-year-old stopper and the Ibrox club broke down.

Bates insisted he would have been happy to stay if the terms had been right, but the club could not meet his wage demands.

He has agreed a pre-contract and the move will be finalised once his current deal expires in the summer.

The former Raith Rovers defender hasn’t played since he damaged ankle ligaments in the 3-2 loss to Celtic last month.

Now he will become only the fourth Brit to play for the German side after former European Footballer of the Year Kevin Keegan, ex-Celt Mark McGhee and Chelsea kid Michael Mancienne.

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