Rangers have reportedly been linked with a shock transfer swoop for former player David Bates, who is currently at the German club Hamburger SV.

Bates joined the Gers four years ago from Raith Rovers following a brief loan stint and went on to feature in 28 matches for the club.

He switched to Hamburg in 2018 on a four-year deal following the expiration of his Rangers contract and initially impressed.

However, David later fell out of favour at the 2. Bundesliga outfit and has had spells on loan at Cercle Brugge and Sheffield Wednesday over the past two years.

The 24-year-old star is now entering the final year of his HSV deal and it’s said that he has small chance of breaking back into the staring lineup.

That’s according to the French source Homme du Match via Glasgow Live, who state that Rangers are ‘set’ to table an offer to bring the star back to Ibrox.

Newly promoted Premier League side Brentford have also been touted with interest.

No sum is mentioned in the report but David is unlikely to be expensive considering his current contract situation and his lack of involvement at the club.

It is hard to see Steven Gerrard‘s side genuinely being interested in the four-cap Scotland international’s.

The ace bounced back from a hip flexor injury to get back playing frequntly at Cercle Brugge last term but he would not improve on the current options at Ibrox.

The Gers recently sold George Edmundson to Ipswich Town while Lewis Mayo signed for Partick Thistle on loan, but the manager still has Connor GoldsonNikola KaticFilip HelanderJack SimpsonLeon Balogun and Leon King at his disposal.

David has potential and at 24, is still a good age, but the star’s next destination should be to a club where he will play regularly.

Elsewhere, Rangers have officially announced that Glenn Middleton has switched to St Johnstone on loan.

Academy product, Middleton transfers to the Perthshire side for a one-year loan deal with a recall option.

The Gers will continue his development under manager Callum Davidson and continue to get necessary first-team minutes this season.

The attacker has been training well in the pre-season campaign and has featured in 20 matches in a blue shirt throughout his stay at Ibrox.