Reportedly imminent Rangers signing can take pressure off over-criticised star
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Matt Polster can take pressure off Rangers' James Tavernier

Rangers captain, James Tavernier, takes a lot of criticism from the fans.
After the defeat at Kilmarnock, detractors once again questioned his suitability as skipper.
It goes to show just how much can change, in a few weeks.
At the end of last month, he was Captain Fantastic, after an outstanding Old Firm display.

Tavernier was superb in the 1-0 win over Celtic. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

However, good news may be around the corner.
According to reports this week, a deal to bring Matt Polster, to Ibrox, is imminent.
During Friday’s press conference, Steven Gerrard confirmed the USA international had been granted a work permit.

“Hopefully, once the paperwork is sorted on that, he’ll be added to the squad in the coming days”, explained the manager.
A converted right-back, Polster will finally bring a viable alternative to Tavernier.

Polster puts in a firm challenge whilst at Chicago Fire. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Jon Flanagan has been at the club since the summer. However, his performances when deputising at left-back, were far from convincing.
With the American’s arrival, Tavernier can rest assured he won’t be required to play 37 matches on the spin again.
What’s more, he has someone who can push him in training.

Tavernier has six goals and eight assists in the league this season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

No doubt, the skipper is a good self-motivator.
He needs to be, having had a nailed on starting berth at the club for the last several seasons.
Yet, a new arrival and some genuine competition, should help him kick on, as well as reducing the huge pressure currently on the 27-year-old.

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