Former Rangers defender Alan Hutton believes that Matt Polster will need to leave the club if he is to get regular game-time.
The 26-year-old right-back has made only four appearances for the Light Blues since joining them last January and Hutton thinks that the American has failed to make the most of those opportunities when they were presented to him.
When asked if he thought Polster should move on, the ex-Scotland international told Football Insider: “Probably, I mean he’s had enough opportunities now. You get a feeling as a player that you’re nowhere near it, you’re not really going to play, you’re not in the manager’s plans.
“It can be difficult but sometimes you have to make these decisions and it is time to leave. He’s at an age where he wants to be playing football, you don’t just want to be sitting, not playing. I think it would be in his best interests to try and move on and play football.”
Polster’s struggle for game-time under Steven Gerrard at Ibrox would support Hutton’s claim that he may need to seek pastures new to play more regularly.
The 26-year-old was given three minutes of action last season as a late substitute against Hearts and his only three appearances this term have come against St Joseph’s, East Fife and Hamilton, getting 26 minutes as a substitute in the latter for a seasonal tally of 206 minutes.
Indeed, the American has only made a matchday squad on one other occasion this term, being an unused substitute in the draw at Hearts last month. [via TransferMarkt]
He hadn’t even been considered for seven of Rangers’ eight Europa League qualifying games and he failed to make the squad for their group stage campaign.
With James Tavernier as Gerrard’s go-to right back (2,250 minutes this season) and Jon Flanagan as his main backup (466 minutes), it would probably take injury, suspension or a complete deterioration of form from either or both of those for Polster to get another chance at Rangers.
Hutton also alluded to the American’s age as a factor in advising him to leave Ibrox – at 26, he is not a promising talent straight out of youth level; he has played more than 80 matches for Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer.
With Rangers facing an intense series of games that could significantly alter the course of a title race in which they are currently level on points with Celtic at the Premiership summit, Gerrard will likely keep faith with the players he knows he can trust.
That wouldn’t appear to include Polster, who has played just four matches at Rangers nearly a year after coming to Ibrox, and it’s not hard to see why Hutton feels that he has little chance of prospering as a ‘Gers player.
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