Rangers move for Matt Polster suggests Craig Bryson deal is now a no-go

Rangers move for Matt Polster suggests Craig Bryson deal is now a no-go

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that the club is in talks to sign versatile USA international Matt Polster, and the completion of a deal to bring the 26-year-old to Ibrox would surely end any interest in reported target Craig Bryson.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Daily Record reported earlier this month that Gerrard was keen to bring the Derby County star north of the border during the current transfer window, with the 32-year-old’s contract at the Pride Park Stadium due to expire in the summer.

Despite that fact, the Scot has been a regular in the Championship club’s team this season and especially so far in 2019, and he produced another impressive display in his side’s FA Cup third round replay win against Southampton at St Mary’s on Wednesday night.

Now the Gers boss has confirmed, via The Scottish Sun, that he has told Polster’s advisers that he wants to sign the American, who impressed during a trial for the club during their recent mini-break in Tenerife.

Bryson deal dead?

It would seem that way, yes.

While Polster is a versatile player that can feature at right-back, his usual position for Chicago Fire was in the middle of the park, and that seems the most likely spot for him in the Glasgow giants’ starting XI given captain James Tavernier plays in the former.

Bryson is another midfielder and given he is currently impressing for Derby – as well as the fact Gerrard already has the likes of Ryan Jack, Scott Arfield, Steven Davis, Lassana Coulibaly, Ross McCrorie – and potentially even Glen Kamara if an early deal can be arranged – to choose from in the centre, his potential arrival north of the border by February 1 is looking less and less likely.

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