Former Rangers midfielder Claudio Reyna was key in persuading new signing James Sands to sign for the Ibrox side and continuing a fine tradition of American imports over the years.

Sands, who signed from New York City FC on an 18-month loan deal with an option to buy, spoke with Reyna regarding a move to Rangers.

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“Rangers have a great tradition of American players, players who have done well and made an impact,” said Sands [RangersTV].

“When I knew Rangers were interested, I gave Claudio a call and he gave me great advice. He told me what it was like and how great his experience was.

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“If I can make anywhere near the impact he made then it will be successful for me and the club.” Sands said.

Sands is following in the footsteps of American’s who played for the club, such as Reyna, Maurice Edu, DaMarcus Beasley, and Carlos Bocanegra.

The 21-year-old looks set to have a fine future in the game, with seven international caps to his name already, he could be a great signing for the Ibrox side.

Taking advice from such an important figure in American football such as Reyna shows just how much the former player values his time in Glasgow and that he still wants to see the side do well.

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The young American is Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s first signing as Rangers boss, and if he impresses during his loan spell, then he may well be at Ibrox for the long haul.

Meanwhile, Rangers are facing competition from Sheffield Utd over the signature of in-demand Hearts defender John Souttar.

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