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Rangers complete deal for New York City’s James Sands

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Rangers have completed a deal for the New York City FC defender James Sands.

Sands, 21, has joined the Scottish Premiership club on an initial 18-month loan with an option to buy — rather than an obligation to.

The agreement is subject to a work permit and international clearance.

“James is a player who I have been aware of for some time,” Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst said in a club statement.

“His versatility was a big attraction and I've been impressed with his attitude and mentality in the games that I have watched recently.

“He is a talented young player with areas of his game which we will endeavor to develop through our coaching.”

Sands added: “I feel it is time in my career to test myself in another league and face a new challenge in Europe.”

The club’s sporting director, Ross Wilson, meanwhile said: “Signing James is a really interesting opportunity for us, and one we are all excited about.

“We reached agreement a couple of weeks ago for the transfer to be structured as a loan for this season and next, whilst we have negotiated and secured an exclusive option to buy beyond the initial loan period.”

Since making his MLS debut in 2017, Sands has played in 65 games and also earned seven caps with the USA national team.

He appeared in all six matches during the 2021 Gold Cup as USA were crowned champions before featuring against Honduras in a World Cup qualifier.

Following an eventful and unpredictable start to the Scottish Premiership season, Kris Boyd and Andy Walker have picked their teams of the campaign so far.

Rangers lead the way from rivals Celtic by six points but just two players from each side feature in Walker's XI, while Boyd has selected three from either half of the Old Firm.

The pair agreed on just four selections and also went for different formations - with players from Dundee United, Hearts, Hibernian, Motherwell and Ross County also selected.

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