Rangers linked James Sands could be allowed to leave New York City, despite having a five-year contract, according to the MLS sides Sporting Director David Lee.

Sands, who is an American international having won seven caps for his country, featured regularly for New York City as they won the MLS Cup under former Celtic manager Ronny Deila.

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Rangers have been linked with the player [DailyRecord] as Giovanni van Bronckhorst looks to make his first signing as Rangers boss.

The move could materialise sooner rather than later if the comments made by David Lee are to be believed.

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 “We’re working with James. I think, like all players, every player wants to test themselves at the highest level that he can,” Said Lee [TheAthletic].

“And if an opportunity arises that we think is right, that James thinks is right, then we’ll consider it. And that’s our commitment to James, and I think it’s the right thing in terms of players to ensure that we’re going to help meet their ambitions and career goals.

“James has such a bright future and we’re looking forward to helping him continue to maximise his potential as a player to help him play at the highest level possible,” Lee said.

James Sands could be van Bronckhorst’s first signing

These comments suggest that the side may be willing to let Sands leave and fulfill his potential at the highest level. With Rangers initially looking at a loan deal with an option to buy, it could prove to be a shrewd signing.

With Calvin Bassey missing out on the Nigeria squad for the African Cup of Nations and Filip Helander looking like he will return from injury soon, the selection problems don’t seem as bad to the Dutchman as they did a month or so ago.

Although having plenty of cover would be wise, as the club is chasing glory on three fronts once the winter break finishes.

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James Sands could well be a Rangers player before the side plays Aberdeen on the 18th of January.

In other news, two Rangers youth starlets have missed out on the Scotland Goal of the Year award despite their excellent efforts.

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