NEW YORK CITY sporting director David Lee has backed James Sands to take the ‘next step’ in his career after joining Rangers.
The American internationalist has become Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s first signing as boss and will spend the next 18 months at Ibrox.
Sands was part of the City side that clinched the MLS Cup under the tutelage of former Celtic manager Ronny Deila last month.
And Rangers have fought off competition from several interested suitors to strike a deal to bring the 21-year-old to Glasgow.
“He has become an integral part of our team and his quality and maturity is special for a player of his age.
“James’ work ethic and versatility to play several positions has been key to the team’s ability to be flexible and provide depth when needed.
“James is a true professional on-and-off the field, playing consistently at a high level and setting an example for all our Academy players that want to follow in his footsteps.
“We think this is a fantastic opportunity for James to develop even further while taking the next step in his career.
“We’ve always had fantastic dialogue with James about his future and care about his progression, as we do with many of our young players.
“We’re proud to have been part of his development and he’s a testament to the talent we have here in New York and in our Academy.
“Everyone at the Club wishes him the best at Rangers and we look forward to seeing him continue to develop during this loan and reach his full potential.”