Why Rangers signing Matt Polster would be a good move
According to a report in Sky Sports, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has revealed that the club is close to signing USA international midfielder Matt Polster, who currently plies his trade in the MLS with Chicago Fire.
The player impressed in the trial with the Gers and the manager confirmed that they were in talks over a long-term deal for the 25-year-old. Polster is a versatile player who can play in the midfield as well as at right-back (h/t Sky Sports).
Here’s why Rangers are right in signing him on a long-term deal during this month’s transfer window:
The Gers could enhance their chances this season
As of now, the situation with Rangers is that they are pretty much involved in the title race and have a good chance to make a deep run in the Scottish Cup.
They are out of the Europa League, hence, in a way, it could be a blessing as the Thursday-Sunday cycle isn’t a favourite among the football fraternity in Europe.
Thus, if they play well in the cup games and keep the pressure on Celtic at the top of the table, the Gers could still win the double. However, that dream still has a long way to go and they might enhance their chances by signing American international Matt Polster.
Having played over 80 games for the Chicago Fire, the 25-year-old has the required experience of the game at the highest level. He has scored three goals and supplied six assists in his time in the MLS so far. He was the finalist in the Rookie of the Year Award back in 2015.
With the departure of Ovie Ejaria, Rangers would do with a new midfielder. Polster’s versatility means that the manager can use him in the midfield as well as at full-back.
This is where the importance of the player arises, as he can be a utility asset in the squad with an ability to impact games by playing different roles in a game.
James Tavernier has been a regular at right-back but with the American international in the squad, he could get some more competition for places. All in all, this would be a fantastic move for the Gers, who will have to play out of their skins for the next four months of this season to have a chance of winning the title.