Former Rangers defender Alan Hutton feels that the club’s right-back Matt Polster has been unfortunate not to establish himself at Ibrox and believes he could succeed elsewhere in Scotland.
The American has made just five first team appearances for the ‘Gers since coming to the club last January, with the Daily Record claiming last month that he could be offloaded in the current transfer window. However, according to PA [via Sunday Post], the 26-year-old would prefer to stay at Rangers and fight for his place than return to Major League Soccer in his homeland.
Hutton feels that the defender hasn’t been given a sustained chance to prove his worth at Ibrox due to the form of captain James Tavernier at right-back and spoke out in defence of Polster. He told Football Insider: “I wouldn’t say he has failed, you have to look at who’s playing in front of him. Tavernier is the captain, one of the main men, he’s got so many assists, so many goals, so he’s never really got an opportunity.
“He’s played the odd game here and there, but as a player, you need to be able to play multiple games to get up to speed, and if you go for months without playing, then play one game, you’re not at your best, no matter what you think. He’s never had the opportunity to play a run of games and that’s ultimately something he can’t help.”
Hutton added: “He looks a good player despite us not getting to see much, but from what I’ve seen he looks decent. Composed on the ball and things, and I don’t see why another Scottish team wouldn’t want to take a punt with him and bring him in. I think he could make a lot of teams better.”
Hutton makes some good points about Polster not getting many opportunities to impress at Rangers, largely due to the effectiveness of Tavernier. The ‘Gers skipper has scored three goals and provided 12 assists already this season, with only fellow full-back Borna Barisic setting up more goals for the Light Blues in the current campaign. That level of output has led to Steven Gerrard selecting the captain for every Premiership and Europa League group game so far in 2019/20.
As mentioned by Hutton, Polster simply hasn’t had enough chances for a definitive judgement to be passed on him. He was given a paltry three minutes of game-time last season and hasn’t had many opportunities to prove his worth in the current campaign either. He has made just two starts in 2019/20 and had a mere 212 minutes of action, although he still managed to register an assist in that time, setting up a goal for Jermain Defoe in the 6-0 Europa League qualifying win over St Joseph’s.
Some Rangers fans have gone on record to give their backing to Polster after the Daily Record‘s claims about him potentially leaving this month and the American could be thrown an Ibrox lifeline over the coming weeks, with Tavernier facing a spell on the sidelines after contracting a virus (as per Daily Record).
Should he fail to make the team in the skipper’s absence, though, Polster’s future at Rangers would appear even bleaker and he may need to consider moving elsewhere. However, as Hutton has said, the 26-year-old could well have been a victim of Tavernier’s fine form at Ibrox more than any major shortcomings of his own.
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