James Sands joins Rangers FC on an 18-month loan

New York City FC defender James Sands joins Scotland’s Rangers on an 18-month loan through June 2023, the club announced Wednesday. Rangers hold a purchase option as part of the deal.

The player made 65 Major League Soccer appearances with NYCFC, and stands as the club’s first-ever homegrown signing. The defender also inspired his side to a successful 2021 campaign, guiding NYCFC to their first MLS Cup win.

“To be able to bring the club its first championship is something that I will remember forever,” Sands said in a club statement.

“It has been an amazing year and I couldn’t be prouder to have been a part of it – for a club that I have been with for so long. I hope in some way I’ve been able to set an example and inspire other young soccer players and other players in our Academy.