DAVID Bates says the whole Rangers squad are “buzzing” ahead of next week’s Europa League game after watching the draw as a team.
The Gers squad streamed Monday’s draw in the players’ dining room at Auchenhowie to find out their first round opponents and the 20-year-old is hoping to cap a dream start to his Rangers career with a European bow.
Bates played just over an hour of the Light Blues’ final friendly of a short pre-season as he and Fabio Cardoso contributed to a clean sheet against St Johnstone in a goalless draw.
Speaking to Rangers TV Bates said: “Getting back into Europe is massive for Rangers and everyone at the club; hopefully I will be part of the squad.
“Everyone is buzzing around here, we were all watching the draw, we streamed it online to watch.
“I never wanted to come here, sign and play 20s, I wanted to push into the first team so when I got my chance I had to try and grab it with both hands.
“The run I had at the end of the season was good for me personally and hopefully I can kick on from here.
“They never had many chances and we could have created a lot more in the final third, that comes down to us playing forward passes and trying to get the forward players more involved as well. We can all learn from these games.
“Pre-season has been different, it’s been a lot different to what I have had before at other clubs. There is a lot of ball work compared with other managers I have worked with.
“We came in and have had a few tough days, long days but all the boys are enjoying it.”