Rangers' Leonel Di Placido links don't look good for Matt Polster

Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 11, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premiership outfit Rangers reportedly want Lanus defender Leonel Di Placido.

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.

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.

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“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?

Leonel Di Placido (R) of Lanus fights for the ball with Pablo Galdames Millan (L) of Velez Sarsfield during a round of sixteen second leg match between Velez Sarsfield and Lanus as part of...

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.

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...

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