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Rangers: James Sands will be available to face PSV

Glasgow Rangers have been handed a boost over the fitness of Ibrox defender James Sands…

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Gers manager Gio van Bronckhorst has confirmed that Sands will be back in the matchday group to face PSV at Ibrox in their UEFA Champions League qualifier tonight.

The club’s official Twitter account quote him as saying: “We want a good result for the second-leg, but this is also true if we are away first. We have everyone available for tomorrow and look forward to the challenge we face. James Sands and Ryan Kent will return to the squad.”

This comes after he sat out the 4-0 win over St. Johnstone and the Dutch head coach said that he expected the player to return for this clash, with it now being confirmed that he is available.

Point to prove

Sands heads into tonight’s game, and the rest of the season, with a point to prove to van Bronckhorst and the Ibrox supporters.

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It has been reported that the club have a $6m (£5m) option to sign him on a permanent basis at the end of the 2022/23 campaign, which means that he needs to show that he is worth spending that amount of money on.

He did not get off to the best of starts as he struggled in his first inclusion in the starting XI of the campaign in the first leg against Union Saint Gilloise, so much so that Mark Hateley called him a “problem” on BBC Sportsound.

However, the versatile youngster followed that up with an impressive showing in the 2-0 win over Kilmarnock at Ibrox in the Premiership. As per SofaScore, he won nine of his 13 duels and completed a whopping 106 passes in the 90 minutes – topping the charts in the match for the latter and coming second in the former as he earned a score of 7.5, the second-highest in the team.

He was then selected at the heart of the defence again for the second leg against Union and he caught the eye with another strong display. The 22-year-old American won seven one-on-one duels and last-man challenges throughout the match, with The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell praising his performance as a “net success“.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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These last two performances have shown signs of promise and he must now prove that he can provide quality performances on a consistent basis.

Helping Rangers to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League with two more brilliant displays against PSV will only help his cause as he bids to earn a permanent £5m move to Glasgow.

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