Scottish defender David Bates is the latest Brit to make the switch to the Bundesliga, after agreeing a four-year deal to join Hamburg from Glasgow Rangers in the summer.

Bates moved to Rangers from Raith Rovers in the summer of 2016, initially on loan, making the deal permanent in January of last year. The 21-year-old has made 21 Scottish Premiership appearances so far this season.

"With his height, speed, mentality and responsibility in defence, there's no doubt David will serve HSV well," said HSV scouting director Johannes Spors. "He's a down-to-earth guy who wants to develop his career and work hard to do so."

Although Hamburg - second bottom of the current Bundesliga standings with five fixtures remaining could be playing in the second tier by the time Bates officially joins the club, the Kirkcaldy native is in no doubt he has made the right move.

"Like Rangers, HSV are an iconic club with tremendous history and all the pressure that comes with that," Bates posted on Twitter. "They have given me a lot of faith in their recruitment and I can't want to kick on and develop further as a player. It was an opportunity I don't think anyone could turn down."

Should Hamburg retain their status as the only founding Bundesliga member never to have been relegated, the 6'3" Bates could become the 18th Brit to play in the German top flight, following in the footsteps of young Englishmen such as Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Reece Oxford, Mandela Egbo (both Borussia Mönchengladbach) and Ademola Lookman (RB Leipzig).

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