Rangers star James Sands admits it has been “unreal” playing for a club the size of the Light Blues ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League final and confessed he didn’t expect to be coming into such a good group of players when he moved to Ibrox in January.
Sands moved to Rangers from MLS side NYCFC in the January transfer window on an 18-month loan and has settled well at Ibrox, making 13 appearances for Gio van Bronckhorst’s side.
While Sands is unlikely to start in Seville, the American could have a role to play from the bench for Rangers and the 21-year-old hopes the Light Blues can add a couple of trophies to the famous Ibrox trophy room before the end of the week.
“It would mean the world,” the American international said. “I have come on in a couple of the Europa League games and those are a big deal, whether you play 90 minutes or one minute.
“Any time the manager puts me on I will be ready and it is something I will remember for the rest of my life.
“I can’t say I would have expected it but I realised very quickly coming here the talent level that is here and the hunger all the guys have.
“I think that playing in two finals next week speaks for the quality of the group.
“One of the first things I did here was tour the Ibrox trophy room.
“There is not much space in there but I think they could make room for a couple more.
“It is special and there are not many clubs in the world who have that.
“For me to be playing for one of those clubs has been pretty unreal.”
Europa League success can help USMNT star force his way into Rangers starting XI next season
Sands has shown already that he is settling in well in Scotland and after the move from MLS, the versatile star could be a big player for Rangers next season.
With a number of Ibrox stars possibly moving on this summer, that will open the door for Sands to cement a place in the starting XI and earn a permanent move.
Before any of that needs to be worried about though, getting his hands onn two trophies over the coming week would be the ideal start.