Rangers poised to sign midfielder James Sands from New York City after selling Nathan Patterson


Rangers poised to sign midfielder James Sands from New York City as Scottish champions continue busy start to transfer window after selling Nathan Patterson to Everton

  • Rangers are hoping to sign midfielder James Sands from New York City
  • The Scottish champions have had a busy start to the January transfer window
  • They have negotiated Nathan Patterson’s £10million sale to Everton
  • Sands has played 60 times for the MLS side and has seven caps for the USA


Rangers are making a move for versatile New York City midfielder James Sands.

Fresh from negotiating Nathan Patterson’s £10million sale to Everton, the Scottish champions have opened talks with New York City FC for 21-year-old Sands who can play at centre back and in midfield.

Discussions are advancing well with Rangers looking to agree a loan for the rest of this season and next.

Rangers are expected to sign midfielder James Sands from New York City FC

Rangers are looking to agree a loan for the rest of this season and the next campaign

Rangers are looking to agree a loan for the rest of this season and the next campaign

After becoming the first academy player to progress to New York’s first team in 2017, Sands made his debut coming on as a substitute for Andrea Pirlo.

He has gone on to make over 60 first team appearances and has been capped seven times by the United States’ national team. He was part of the team that won the CONCACAF Gold Cup last summer.

Sands also won the MLS Cup at New York City under former Celtic manager Ronny Deila.

Patterson, meanwhile, has likely played his last game for Rangers and hopes to join Everton in time for Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Hull City. He follows the £17.5m arrival of Dynamo Kiev left back Vitaliy Mykolenko.

Sands made his NYCFC debut in 2017, coming off the bench for Andrea Pirlo (front row, centre)

Sands made his NYCFC debut in 2017, coming off the bench for Andrea Pirlo (front row, centre)

Nathan Patterson is set to leave Rangers to move to the Premier League to join Everton

Nathan Patterson is set to leave Rangers to move to the Premier League to join Everton

Patterson could put Seamus Coleman under pressure for his place upon his arrival at Everton

Patterson could put Seamus Coleman under pressure for his place upon his arrival at Everton

Patterson, who will provide competition for captain Seamus Coleman, is widely regarded as one of the best up and coming right backs in the country and has been tipped for a bright future.

The youngster already has six caps for his country, and has helped Rangers open up a six-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership this season. 

He will be hoping Everton can arrest their slide and add further quality signings before the end of the window.

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