While the media are running with a story over Royal Antwerp’s Daniel Opare as a potential half million replacement for the possibly outgoing James Tavernier, it seems to us at Ibrox Noise that someone in the squad has been staggeringly forgotten.
A right back who’s featured for his country, and who was signed with more than just squad in mind.
Matt Polster arrived in January amidst a lack of fanfare, it must be said, and the USA international did successfully impress on his trial at Auchenhowie, but the 25 year old’s best season in football, despite being regarded by many as a midfielder, was at RB for Chicago Fire, and his injury last season played a huge role in the team’s loss of fortune last campaign.
In short, do Rangers not already have a ready-made replacement for the captain should he leave?
From what we know, Polster is no slouch, and while he remains an unknown quantity around these parts, he clearly has enough around him to have had an excellent impact in the MLS while featuring for his country.
For Polster’s part, he signed on ‘out of sync’ with the Scottish game, given the differing schedules of cross-Atlantic seasons, and Steven Gerrard confirmed he could take up to a month to get up to speed with our climate.
Unfortunately, just as he hit readiness against Dundee in February, an injury in the warmup curtailed him and he’s been out of the picture since.
We’d imagine if Tavernier did move on Polster’s impressive RB performances for Fire would be at the uppermost of Gerrard’s thinking.
It just seems a bit odd for Rangers to seek Opare, decent player though he may be, when we already have a replacement RB on standby.