With all the focus on Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Jones and Joe Aribo, it’s easy to forget that Rangers signed a young American international earlier in 2019.
Few had heard of Matt Polster after all when the versatile right-back was handed a two-year deal by the Scottish Premiership giants in January but Steven Gerrard, who has shown an ability to unearth rough diamonds early in his coaching career, had clearly been won over by not only Polster’s ability but his attitude too.
“He has settled down really well, has performed really well in the reserve team and the idea was always to get him in before the end of the season and then get a strong pre-season into him to get him ready for next year,” Gerrard said in quotes reported by ClubCall.
‘He is a good player – I think he might surprise a few.”
So far, however, Polster has had to be patient. The 26-year-old has played just one game in the opening few weeks of the 2018/19, though that is no real surprise given that Rangers have a rather useful number two by the name of James Tavernier.
But with interest rising in Rangers’ rampaging assist-machine, it seems that Rangers are preparing for the worst.
According to talkSPORT, Crystal Palace are expected to renew their interest in Tavernier in January as they look to belatedly replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka. But would Gerrard put his faith in Polster, trusting the once-capped USMNT star to step up if the influential skipper bids an emotional farewell?
Well, maybe not. TalkSPORT adds that Rangers have already identified Lanus’ Leonel Di Placido, a 25-year-old Argentine, as Tavernier’s successor. And that is a bit of a slap in the face for Polster.
The best he can do is to work hard behind the scenes and show that he can be trusted to step into Tavernier’s boots whenever he’s given the opportunity between now and the new year.
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