New Aberdeen centre-back David Bates hopes he can ‘come back and settle’ in the Scottish Premiership after returning to Scotland for the first time since leaving Ibrox side Rangers.

Bates moved to German outfit Hamburg from Ibrox in 2018 after showing promise at Rangers. Despite a strong first season overseas, Bates found himself out of favour at Hamburg and now moves to Stephen Glass’ Aberdeen on a three-year deal. The capped Scotland defender hopes to make a long-term Pittodrie impact.

Scotland Training Session

Bates is an Aberdeen player after returning to Scottish football for the first time since leaving Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He said: “The international break has come, it could be good or it could be bad timing.  I’ll just get training with the boys and be ready to go when the league starts again.

“It feels great to get the deal done and be back to Scotland.  I want to come back and settle, that is really important for me because I need to be enjoying my football again.

“I want to kick on and have a good few years.  I knew the interest was there early on, there was interest in Scotland and then I spoke to the manager here.  I have heard really good things about him, I was interested in how he wants to play and I think it will suit me down to a tee.”

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