DESPITE his natural delight at earning his first start for Rangers’ first-team, David Bates couldn’t hide his unhappiness at Gers not securing the three points at Kilmarnock tonight.

Gers created a number of chances but a rather makeshift defence held stout at the other end – and that’s something Bates will take positives from.

He explained: “To get the shout from the gaffer to start – I was delighted. The way the game went, I felt I could have done a little bit better and there were a few mistakes, but it’s my first game and I’m disappointed we didn’t manage to get the three points.

“All the boys are gutted at not getting them and coming to Kilmarnock, we should really win. We had a couple of chances but at the back, we were comfortable – they didn’t have many chances so the clean sheet was a bonus.

“A clean sheet is really nice on my debut, but we should win against Kilmarnock. Being at Rangers, you are expected to win every game, and the boys want to do that. The boys want to win so all the boys are hurting at not getting the three points.”

Bates admitted he was surprised to get the shout to start the game tonight, and he heaped praise on fellow defender Philippe Senderos for helping him reach this stage.

He added: “I found out yesterday I was playing. He came over and spoke to me and I was a bit taken aback, but I was delighted. You never know for the weekend – the gaffer could give me the call so I just need to keep my head down in training.

“Philippe has been a real help. He has taken me under his wing and he was telling me yesterday I deserved my chance as I had worked really hard.”

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