Matt Polster has told the Daily Record that he is desperate to make his debut for Rangers in the Old Firm derby against Celtic after the international break – or at least be involved in some capacity.
The 25-year-old has finally overcome a problem with his groin and is available for selection. Naturally a right-back, the one-time USA international has also been known to play in central midfield.
Steven Gerrard opted to sign Polster after being impressed with him during his time at LA Galaxy. His contract with MLS outfit Chicago Fire expired, allowing Rangers to swoop in and nab his signature.
Rangers went into the international break in awful form, failing to win their last four league games. Polster is yet to feature though he did make the bench in the 0-0 draw against St. Johnstone. He is keen to start against Celtic.
“I would love to be a part of it. Obviously it’s a big match. I haven’t even seen it live. I was away when we played them at the end of the year,” Polster said. “It’ll be quite a day. The expectation is always the same, you want to beat them.”
There is no doubting Polster’s enthusiasm and desire to play. But to face Old Firm rivals Celtic on your debut is just too much, especially as James Tavernier continues to impress from the right side of defence.
Polster can hope for a place on the Gers bench, but the fact that he is yet to make his debut suggests he could be overlooked. Rangers simply have to win to keep any title challenge alive.