New Rangers signing James Sands might have to wait a few weeks longer to make his Gers debut as the USA face three vital World Cup qualifying ties.

Home ties against El Salvador and Honduras are scheduled on either side of a top-of-the-table clash away to neighbours Canada, with the matches set to take place at the end of the month and the beginning of February.

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The USA currently sits second in the table as they head into the crucial triple-header with aims to qualify for their ninth straight World Cup, having not missed an edition since 1986.

There is a chance he could make his debut for the Ibrox side before then of course, with the Scottish Premiership resuming on 17 January, with the first match of the year coming against Aberdeen the following day.

There could be an early opportunity for the player to play some part in either the Aberdeen tie or the Scottish Cup match against Stirling Albion.

The 21-year-old would definitely miss the second Old Firm game of the season if he was to be called up as this takes place a day before the crunch tie against Canada.

Sands arrived at Ibrox on an 18-month loan deal with an option to buy and is Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s first signing since taking over the club in November.

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The American international can play in a variety of positions which could prove crucial for Rangers during the rest of the season, as injuries and suspensions are inevitable.

The arrival of Sands could be the catalyst for more players to join the club, as interest heats up in a defender plying his trade in the Eredivisie.

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