DAVID Bates will have a scan on the ankle injury he suffered in Sunday’s Old Firm this week to determine how long he will be out for.

The central defender was forced off on a stretcher in the 15th minute against Celtic and taken straight to hospital but Graeme Murty confirmed to RangersTV he has not broken a bone.

The 21-year-old has not missed a game in 2018 after establishing himself as a first choice defender and Murty admits he was and will be a big loss.

Speaking to RangersTV the manager said: “David is going to have a scan on his ankle, he has not broken it.

“It is a freak injury, he steps to the ball and goes to try and make a block and the ball flicks off his shin which takes it out of Wes’ grasp and as Rogic has a shot he comes down on David’s ankle.

“It looked a nasty one at the time and David is obviously upset but we won’t know the extent of it until we have it scanned.

“He is off at the moment with his foot up, he has got a very fat ankle and we are very disappointed for him.

“We are taking our time to make sure we get the assessment done properly and get a proper prognosis and a timescale in due course.

“We don’t know how long we have lost him for, it was difficult on Saturday, we had lost him and we had lost Russell Martin prior to the game too.

“It is difficult when you take someone who has been performing well out of the team but then that is an opportunity for someone else to come in and step forward.

“Unfortunately we didn’t manage to sustain our challenge but taking someone like him out of the team takes all of his attributes out of the team also.”

Meanwhile Murty believes he and his Gers squad will learn from his first loss to Celtic, he admits he was perhaps too critical of his team in the aftermath of the loss.

He continued: “People feel free to shoot me down if you want but I was really down after the game and really down on us because we had let that opportunity slip. I was really down on our tempo, our passing of the ball and the goals we conceded.

“Since watching the game back and looking at it, there is lots I have to be positive about and there is lots we can enhance and get better at.

“But for the width of a goal post I am sitting here with a smile on my face but we know that XI when we are playing against people of that quality we can’t afford to give them easy opportunities like we did.

“I think I have had significant defeats before for other reasons but this is my first defeat against Celtic. It is my first defeat where people have walked into the game thinking we are going to win it.

“Let’s not forget the first game I took charge of against Celtic we were touted as the worst Rangers team ever and we were going to get beaten 8-0, so we have come a distance.

“We are closer to them than we were but the disappointment will come from that sense of having an opportunity and letting it go.

“What we have to make sure is that we take the positives from it and look forward to Kilmarnock and moving us forward up the league. We must identify the things we did really well that we can go and exploit in the semi-final.

“For a first Old Firm experience for some of our players I think it was a positive learning experience. I think I will be better for this experience and I think the players will be better for it.

“I do have to say I have never experienced an atmosphere like it in my life and I have been at Parkhead, I have played in front of 75,000 at Old Trafford and I was not prepared for the wall of sound which hit me when we scored our first goal.

“I have nothing to equate that to and as a learning experience, as a young manager, and as hard and bitter as it feels right now I will be far far better for it.

“I wish it hadn’t happened, I wish we had won but I will be better prepared and able to deal with things like that in the future because of that.”

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