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James Sands: Rangers sign New York City youngster on loan with option to buy

New York City's James Sands has moved to Rangers on loan; USA international can play as a centre-back or defensive midfielder; follow all the latest in our dedicated Transfer Centre blog on Sky Sports' digital platforms as well as Sky Sports News

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Image: James Sands has moved to Ibrox from New York City

Rangers have signed versatile youngster James Sands from MLS side New York City.

The 21-year-old moves to Ibrox on loan for 18 months - with an option to buy also included in the deal.

Sands - who can play at centre-back or as a defensive midfielder - was a key member of former Celtic boss Ronny Deila's side that won the MLS Cup for the first time in the club's history last month.

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

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 05: United States defender James Sands (16) warms up during a CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match between the United States and Canada on September 5, 2021 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)
Image: Sands has featured seven times for 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.

Scottish Premiership team of the season so far

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.

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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.

Click here to see their full teams and pick your own XI.

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A look back at some of the stand-out goals scored in the Scottish Premiership during December

Follow the January transfer window with Sky Sports

Who will be on the move in January?

The January transfer window opens on Saturday January 1, 2022 and closes at 11pm on Monday January 31.

Keep up-to-date with all the latest transfer news and rumours in our dedicated Transfer Centre blog on Sky Sports' digital platforms. You can also catch up with the ins, outs and analysis on Sky Sports News.

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