£1M Rangers man’s previously confident words look silly now


When Steven Gerrard announced and confirmed the signature of Matt Polster, while no one really had any criticism of the move, equally no one really knew a lot about the American.

And the £1M-rated former Chicago Fire star’s comments when he first arrived either look now look naïve, foolish or arrogant, as he insisted he’d be taking or at least pushing for captain James Tavernier’s place.

The 26-year old’s last appearance was a pretty awful affair in Fife, and since January has managed just three starts as a Rangers player, which makes his insistence early on that he could challenge Tavernier either misguided or slightly misplaced.

In fairness, he just showed confidence, albeit some might say cockiness, and others may argue he simply hasn’t been given a chance because Tavernier is completely untouchable.

And that is true – the RB is more or less ever-present, not just under Gerrard but since he joined. Even if Rangers secured Kyle Walker we’d be surprised if the English international just walked into the starting XI with Tav around, but nevertheless Polster’s words ring hollow now.

The international just hasn’t had the slightest impact at Ibrox, and for all we talk about squad depth, he’s never being used.

Whether that is ‘correct’ is not for us to judge on this occasion, but at the end of the day, Matt Polster might have wanted to be a little more modest with his wording when he first arrived.

It only looks a bit silly now.


    • Agree. We might need him if Tav gets injured and he won't be anywhere near match fit. Should rest Tavernier now and again. Suspect Flanagan would play before him.

  1. Totally disagree with this article,when Steven Gerard brought him in I'm quite sure Gerard himself made a statement that polster would pleasantly surprise our fans on how good a player he is,maybe Gerard should give him a run of games at right back with tav ahead of him or maybe Gerard wasted another million pound on a player we didn't need ??? watp

  2. I would have been more concerned if he had said he didn't expect to push Tav for his position. His few outings have shown that he is probably a better defender than Tavernier, but nowhere near as good when you compare the whole package that Tav brings to the table. Tav is an exceptionally fit and athletic player, who doesn't seem to suffer injuries. That said, if he did get injured and we didn't have Polster signed then we could have a problem, especially as Flanagan has been unavailable with injuries a couple of times this season.

  3. Any player joining Rangers not intending to get into the first team or not having the confidence in himself to say so shouldn't be there, simple as that.

  4. Push Tav to right mid then pick the team from there , fed up saying it and most fans agree , but Gerrard still see him as a defender.

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