Aberdeen have announced the signing of former Rangers defender David Bates as the centre-back returns to the Scottish Premiership for the first time since leaving Ibrox.

Bates earned a move to German side Hamburg in 2018 after form at Rangers. His stint abroad has not gone to plan after a strong first season away from Ibrox and now Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass has moved to sign him on a deal until 2024.

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Bates has signed a three-year deal with Aberdeen as he returns to Scottish football for the first time since leaving Ibrox three years ago. (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

A statement reads: “Aberdeen Football Club has agreed a deal to sign David Bates from German side, Hamburg. The 24-year-old defender, who began his career at Raith Rovers and has featured for Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday and Cercle Brugge, has signed a three-year deal with the Dons.

“A player with strong physical attributes, David won his first full Scotland cap in 2018 in a 4-0 win against Albania, having previously appeared for the Under 21 side. Manager Stephen Glass believes the Club is fortunate to have acquired such a sought-after player and is confident he will be an important addition to the squad.”

Bates is not available for today’s league match with Ross County as Glass’ side await international clearance. He will be available, however, after the international break next month.

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