By George Overhill

7th Jan, 2022 | 9:45pm

Claudio Reyna instrumental in Rangers transfer for James Sands

Rangers received an assist in their pursuit of James Sands from former midfielder Claudio Reyna.

The new signing at Ibrox spoke to his predecessor and was “convinced” to make the move by the conversation.

The USA international hopes to now emulate his compatriot in making an impact in Glasgow, where Reyna won a league title and a Scottish Cup.

Speaking to Rangers TV, as quoted by The Times, Sands said: “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. I think that was a motivating factor for me.

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

Rangers family

The situation appears to have played into Rangers’ hands perfectly on this transfer.

Reyna not only had a positive time in blue but also played with current manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

The pair’s relationship was close enough that Reyna’s son, current Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Gio, was named after the current Rangers manager.

A strong history of American imports to Ibrox, including Maurice Edu and DaMarcus Beasley to differing levels of success, looks to have played a part in encouraging the young Sands to make the move from New York City FC.

Fans always love to know that popular ex-players still think of the club as fondly as they do, and for it to result in the material benefit of helping secure a player tipped to do big things will only multiply that.

They will now hope Sands enjoys following in Reyna’s footsteps enough to repeat the pattern a couple of generations down the line.

In other Rangers news, a major transfer looks to impact positively on van Bronckhorst’s plans.