Rangers star James Sands hasn’t exactly had the luckiest of stints in Glasgow and a clip from the clash with Celtic has plenty doubting his long-term future at Ibrox.

The Gers signed the versatile defensive midfielder on loan from NYCFC in January last year on an 18-month loan deal with an option-to-buy.

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The fee to make the deal permanent, according to some journalists in the USA, is around $6m or somewhere between £4m and £5m depending on how the pound has been performing over his loan stint.

So for around £4.5m Rangers can seemingly make a move for the 22-year-old USA international permanent but after a string of unconvincing performances there are now major doubts over a deal.

Celtic clip raises Rangers James Sands doubts

James Sands hasn’t really been able to perform in his natural defensive midfield position for the club given the depth of competition in that area of the park.

The player has often been employed at centre-back amid a spate of injuries at the heart of defence and after some initially spirited performances has badly fallen away.

Too often found wanting domestically, the player has struggled with the pressure of playing in this position and it has badly affected his confidence.

Coming on to help shore up the 2-1 lead over Celtic at Ibrox – with Rangers eventually losing a late goal anyway – James Sands also never won many fans for one key moment in the match.

With the clock ticking down, the hesitant midfielder picked up a ball on the edge of the box and instead of shooting and potentially making himself a hero, he dallied in possession.

Wanting too much time on the ball, James Sands never made a decision and eventually an opposition Celtic player stole in to tackle him.

It’s a moment that sums up the player’s Rangers career to date; hesitant, unsure, unconfident and as things stand, unbefitting of the reported £4.5m transfer fee attached to his name.

Meanwhile, Rangers may yet rue not plunging for a free-scoring Premiership rival.

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