The 21-year-old centre-back has stated that training with Morelos and Cummings is making him a better player, which is a bit unusual given that they are strikers and Bates is a defender.
Both sides booked their place in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup with wins last weekend over Championship sides Morton and Falkirk.
Looking at his stats, of course, it's hard to say exactly what he would bring as his numbers are not particularly special but we have to remember that he is playing for a team that - offensive wise - is now very short.
Going into Sunday's clash, Rangers find themselves as Celtic's nearest title challengers with just six points separating the two sides at the top of the league table, although the Hoops have played one game less than their arch-rivals.
Under Graeme Murty the Ibrox men have twice achieved creditable draws at Celtic Park during the past 12 months - indeed on the last occasion just before the turn of the year the Light Blues could and perhaps should have secured all three points with only two superb Craig Gordon saves from James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos denying the visitors in a pulsating second-half.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers: "We've managed to get Stuart Armstrong back, which is great news for us".
"We will do what we have always done, which is to respect the other team that we play, no matter who it is".
"But the first part of that journey is overcoming Celtic and that's why Sunday's game is such a big game for them". We've been conceding a few chances at the back recently, too, but not much.
"I love it when the fans show their support to me and sing to me".
Sunderland must be anxious about losing players in the summer window with a drop down to League One looking more likely than not right now. "I hope we get the right result".