Sport James Sands in permanent Rangers transfer assessment as he delivers honest verdict after US boss game time warning
Rangers player ratings: One player lands a 3 in roller-coaster afternoon at Livingston
Rangers kicked off their 2022/23 cinch Premiership campaign with a hard-fought 2-1 win away at Livingston. © Rangers Fashion Sakala and Antonio Colak look around the Tony Macaroni Arena ahead of the 2-1 win ov... The Lions led early on thanks to a deft lob from their forward Joel Nouble and the same player had another chance, as did Ayo Obileye, to add to their tally. © On a day that seemed to provide indication he will be Rangers no.1, a header from Obileye in the fir...
Rangers loaneehas admitted he would be "lucky" to land a permanent deal at Ibrox as he looks to ramp up his minutes next season.
Sands arrived in January on an 18-month loan from New York City FC but was mainly used as a squad player bylast season as he got to grips with the Scottish Premiership. The 22-year-old made just nine appearances during the first six months of his Ibrox career with the Dutchman mainly brining Sands on as a substitute, however he did make an appearance in the final showpiece.
Reports in America suggestwill have to fork out £4.5 million if they want to keep Sands at the club beyond the end of the upcoming campaign, and Sands knows he will have to grasp any opportunity he can to prove himself in Govan. He has been a regular in pre-season being handed game time in friendlies against Tottenham and Blackpool ahead of the opening day clash with Livingston.
'Passion, desire and fire' - Rangers turn CL qualifier around
Rangers produced an impressive comeback to beat Union Saint-Gilloise 3-2 on aggregate in their Champions League qualifier and book their place in the play-off round.and fire" as his side produced an impressive comeback to beat Union Saint-Gilloise 3-2 on aggregate in their Champions League qualifier and book their place in the play-off round, where they will face PSV Eindhoven.
Sands said: “Obviously I would love it. It’s a big club and anybody would be lucky to play here. It’s always a little out of your hands as I have to be performing and playing well to earn that opportunity. I’m just going to focus on playing.”
With his game time limited on Rangers' route to Seville and Scottish Cup success last season, Sands missed out on US head coach Gregg Berhalter's squad this summer for friendly clashes and Nations League fixtures. The versatile American admits he has been told he must get more time on the park by the boss.
He added: “Part of my draw for the national team is partly being able to play both positions. So with a 26-man roster I think they’ll be looking for versatile players. But when I last spoke to the manager at the national team he said I had to be playing more than I was in the spring to be considered for the team. That’s an achievable goal so I’ve got my mind set on that.”
How Rangers' triumph over Union was reported in Belgian media: 'Not an honorable loss' .
What a difference a week makes. Rangers turned their Champions League qualifying blunder in Belgium on its’ head to set up a group stage play-off with PSV Eindhoven next week. © James Tavernier of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Thir... Union Saint-Gilloise’s home win, heralded as a continuation of the club’s fairytale rise through the ranks to the Jupiler League summit, was outdone by three goals from James Tavernier, Antonio Colak and Malik Tillman which ‘said goodbye to the wonder years’ according to Standaard.