James Sands: It Was A Special Moment

JAMES Sands said that it was a ‘special moment’ to come on for Rangers this evening against Crvena Zvezda in their 3-0 victory at Ibrox in the Europa League fixture.

The Light Blue expressed his emotions to come on as a substitute in a an Ibrox game like that in front of the passionate home fans.

Speaking to rangers.co.uk following their win against Dejan Stankovic’s side, he said: “It’s a special moment for me, this is why I came here – to play in an atmosphere and games like this. It was special to come on and be in front of all the supporters.

“It’s never easy to come on as a substitute, it takes a bit of time to get used to the speed of the game, especially high-level games like this – it takes a minute to get a feel for it, but I think the early goals helped that and when you have a team as talented as the one, we have, it makes it easier.

“It’s definitely not an easy atmosphere to come into, but that’s what separates the top-level players and the average player. It’s nice when you get a couple of goals and you can hear the passion, it’s a big reason why I came here.”

Sands added that he always benefits from learning off the rest of the team in games like this but insisted that the tie isn’t over and the squad need to be ready in the second leg of the competition.

“We have a lot of high-level players, so even when I’m not on the field I’m learning from the guys out there in my position. Coming on as a sub is better than not coming on at all, it’s always an opportunity to learn and I’m thankful for each one that I have.

“Despite the 3-0 win today, it’s pretty clear the quality that they have, they’re a very dangerous team that we’re going to have to be up for in the second leg. It will be a big test, but I’m sure that we will be up for it.”

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Rangers are delighted to unveil even more football stars who will come to Ibrox on March 26 to celebrate our 150th anniversary as part of the Weekend of Legends, presented by Unibet. World Legends team include names such as Luís Figo, Claude Makéléle, Iván Córdoba, Ricardo Carvalho, Predrag Mijatović, Gheorge Hagi and Roy Makaay. Alex McLeish will manage the Rangers Legends squad which features light blue heroes such as Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Paul Gascoigne, Sasa Papac, Michael Mols, Kris Boyd, Nikica Jelavić, Ronald De Boer, Alan Hutton, Carlos Cuellar, Pedro Mendez, Lee McCulloch and Jorg Albertz. Additionally, former treble winning Captain and Rangers Hall of Fame inductee Barry Ferguson will be the Rangers Legends Captain.

To mark this incredible occasion, the Rangers Legends squad will wear a specially designed Rangers Legends kit that carries the name of every Rangers captain to lead the club. In addition, the shirt features a traditional collar design reminiscent of some our most famous shirts and our commemorative 150th anniversary crest is proudly embroidered on the chest. This limited-edition shirt is available to pre-order now from The Rangers Store online.

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