Rangers’ James Sands failed to impress journalist Jonathan Moar against Motherwell on Saturday.
Sands, who can operate as a centre-back and a midfielder, is adjusting to life at Rangers after making an 18-month loan move from MLS outfit New York City FC in January.
He’s made a total of 10 appearances so far, starting three times in the Scottish Premiership and twice in the SFA Cup.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst named the American amongst the substitutes for Saturday’s 3-1 win over Motherwell but handed him a chance to impress when he introduced in him place of Scott Arfield in the 68th minute.
In Moar’s player ratings piece, Sands earned a rating of just four out of 10 for his cameo.
That was the same rating as Leon Balogun, who received a straight red card after less than half than hour.
Meanwhile, Moar handed three players eight out of 10 – midfielder Steven Davis and attacking duo Fashion Sakala and Scott Wright.
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But on the other hand, he misplaced three of the four passes he attempted, leaving with an accuracy of just 25%. And overall, he lost possession with more than 44% of his touches.
From that point of view, then, Moar was right to be underwhelmed.
And it’s hard to argue that Sands has significantly improved his starting chances, even with Van Bronckhorst seemingly inclined to make changes around the Europa League semi-finals.
In other news, Andrew Dickson ripped into this midfielder.
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