DAVID BATES was delighted with Rangers’ – and his own- performance at Celtic Park yesterday but admits it was disappointing not to secure all three Premiership points.
The big defender – who replaced Bruno Alves after just 18 minutes – was superb alongside Danny Wilson as the Light Blues drew nil-nil at the home of their Glasgow rivals.
Bates was deservedly named the man of the match after the final whistle and while thrilled to walk out of the stadium holding a bottle of bubbly, the 21-year-old had mixed emotions when interviewed by RangersTV.
He said: “Obviously we’re happy in a way but disappointed as well. In the second half we had a couple of chances with Alfredo’s two headers and I don’t think they had many in the second half if I’m honest.
“They had a couple in the first but sometimes you do need to ride your luck at times, especially when you come away here. But I thought we could have won that game.
It’s an Old Firm so anything can happen, and in the second half we came out thinking ‘we could win this’.
“But second half the boys did tire, and they tired as well, you could see that. Their defensive line dropped off and that’s when the gaps started appearing.
“It’s just disappointing not to get the three points.”
While frustrated just to draw, Bates enjoyed his first experience of playing in an Old Firm derby at Celtic Park.
He continued: “It’s a great atmosphere. With the Rangers fans coming here everyone is up for it.
“All the boys in the changing room were up for it; it’s just one of those games that you just can’t wait to come around.
“But it’s been brilliant. I played in the semi-final last year but never played here before in an Old Firm so it was great.”
David also praised his teammate Danny Wilson, who was a rock at the back for the visitors.
He added: “I get on with Danny really well. I played with him a lot last year and I’ve played with him at Aberdeen first half and obviously against Killie.
“So I know Danny well and he talks me through the game and Tav as well.
“He’s always on my case to be fair, but he is always just trying to help me out and we’re just trying to help the team and defend as well as we can.”