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Defender/midfielder Matt Polster signs with Rangers

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He becomes the latest American to join the Scottish Premiership

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Following a lengthy trial that began two months ago, Rangers have announced that they have signed Chicago Fire defender/midfielder Matt Polster. The deal is pending some paperwork, but he has been given a jersey number and scarf to hold over his head so barring any unforeseen difficulties, the deal is all but done. His move comes after the 25 year-old missed most of the 2018 season following a pair of knee injuries that required a lengthy recovery.

The deal is reportedly through 2021 as the versatile player becomes the newest American to join a Scottish Premiership side. Tim Weah has began pushing the hype train on loan with Celtic and Ian Harkes has already made a splash with Dundee United.

Polster hasn’t featured heavily for the senior US Men’s National Team side, he was called into January camp in 2017 and 2018, finally getting his first cap in 2018. However, before his injury he established himself as a starter for the Fire as a defensive midfielder and right back. Unfortunately, his knee problems kept him out of contention for a call up as American Manager Dave Sarachan expanded the player pool.

Hopefully, he can stay healthy and push for minutes on Steven Gerrard’s roster as the Rangers’ season enters the home stretch.