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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: EX-GER FACES AXE, DYKES DECISION STALLS, KAMBERI ‘A PANIC SIGNING’

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FORMER Rangers central defender David Bates is heading for the axe at SV Hamburg.

The Scotland international centre-back still has two years to run on his contract at the second-tier German outfit he joined from Ibrox in 2018.

Bates was loaned to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday at the start of the season, but has played only one game for the Yorkshire club.

Asked about the non-appearance of Bates, Owls boss Garry Monk recently admitted: “You make decisions on the players who you think are best to play and he has found himself in a position where he has not been involved in the squads.

“It is just the decisions I have to make.”

Bates, 23, will return to his parent club in the summer, but local media outlet Hamburger Morgenpost claim he has no future with the team and will be allowed to leave.

The ex-Raith Rovers, East Stirling and Brechin City stopper made 28 appearances in his debut campaign, scoring one goal.

IN-DEMAND striker Lyndon Dykes has held talks with Steve Clarke AND Graham Arnold about his international future.

The Scotland boss and the Australia head coach are keen for the Livingston frontman to commit with the 24-year-old attacker scoring 12 goals in 33 games this season.

Dykes was in line for an Aussie call-up, according to Arnold earlier this month, but the powerful forward admitted the coronavirus pandemic has put his thoughts in cold storage.

The Livi raider, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “I have spoken to the two managers, but nothing is decided. The gaffer at Livingston, Gary Holt, played for Scotland, so I spoke to him about it, as well.

“I also had a chat with James McFadden and Gary Naysmith, who I worked with at Queen of the South, and they told me their thoughts.

“I speak to my wife and family and at the end of the day it comes down to what you think is best for you and your family.

“The future is hopefully going to be exciting with an international side.

“People talk about a tug-of-war between Scotland and Australia, but the coronavirus has put a halt to everything, as it is far more important.”

FLO KAMBERI was a panic loan signing by Steven Gerrard and is not Rangers class – that’s the view of ex-Ibrox defender Ian Murray.

The Gers gaffer made his move for Hibs’ Swiss international striker on deadline day after veteran Jermain Defoe had been ruled out through injury.

Kamberi has scored one goal in nine games games, but his hopes of a permanent deal have stalled with football’s emergency lockdown.

The forward appears to have alienated himself from the Easter Road support after hailing his move to Govan a “dream” and declaring Rangers fans as the world’s best.

But ex-Hibs and Rangers star Murray – now in charge of Airdrie – doesn’t think the 24-year-old is the long-term solution for Gerrard.

He told the Scottish Sun: “Kamberi looked like a last-minute panic signing for Rangers because of Defoe’s injury.

“I was surprised they went for him and I’ll be even more surprised if they want to keep him.

“I don’t think he has shown enough in the games I’ve seen him in. To play for Rangers in that position you need to be a special player.

“There have been guys who get 20 goals a season and can’t get a starting berth at Ibrox.

“It’s a competitive area of the pitch and I’m not sure Kamberi’s the type of guy who can handle not being the No1 guy.

“To be the main striker at Rangers you need to be a real top-level player. Kamberi would always be a back-up to someone else at that club.

“It might be different if you play two up front, but Rangers go with one.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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