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Rangers' Matt Polster is ready to be versatile all-rounder

Matt Polster of Rangers in action during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying round 2nd Leg match between Rangers and St Joseph at Ibrox Stadium on July 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers defender Matt Polster has been speaking after his home debut on Thursday night.

Matt Polster of Rangers in action during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying round 2nd Leg match between Rangers and St Joseph at Ibrox Stadium on July 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

American right-back Matt Polster has vowed to play anywhere in the Rangers team in an effort to prove himself to Steven Gerrard, The Evening Times reports.

Polster has had to bide his time at Ibrox since joining in the January transfer window, with Gerrard giving him the second half of the season to settle into life in Glasgow before testing him properly in the first-team.

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After getting his first competitive start on Thursday though, the 26-year-old is eyeing more action and doesn't care what position it comes in, claiming to be able to play a midfield role as well as a defensive one.

 

As quoted by The Evening Times, Polster said: "I can play right-back and midfield and I am happy in both positions. I have spoken with the manager and he sees me more as a right back at the moment. We will see as the season goes on.

"I would happily play wherever the manager needs me. I want to play as many games as I can, and I want to win."

A look at the former MLS star's playing history does show he is more than capable operating in a defensive midfield role.

Player tracker website Transfermarkt reveals he actually played most of his games in central midfield for old club Chicago Fire, also featuring extensively at right-back and even playing once as a centre-back against Columbus Crew in 2015.

Chicago Fire defender Matt Polster (2) drives with the ball in the first half during an MLS soccer match between the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the Chicago Fire on July 01, 2017, at Toyota...

That kind of experience bodes well for Gerrard's options.

Despite seeing his January signing as a right-back, he will know that versatility and depth is crucial across a season that could result in 60+ games should they progress in multiple competitions.

James Tavernier is almost undroppable at right-back given the amount of goals and assists he produces, as well as being the captain.

If Polster can steal some minutes here and there in other positions then he could start to earn the trust of his manager and increase his chances of making a big Rangers impact.

Matt Polster of Rangers in action during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying round 2nd Leg match between Rangers and St Joseph at Ibrox Stadium on July 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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