Former Rangers star details mentality differences between MLS and Ibrox
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Former Rangers star details mentality differences between MLS and Ibrox

Former Rangers star Matt Polster has opened up on his time at Ibrox and the differences between the Light Blues and MLS.

While the American only had a brief stint at Ibrox, he quickly grasped the pressure that was on the Rangers stars to win every week – something very different to his experience in MLS with Chicago Fire.

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The versatile star was full of praise for three Ibrox teammates after they helped him settle in Scotland, joking one of them was ‘crazy’ as he reflected on his time at Rangers.

“The difference between the MLS and a club like Rangers is the expectation to win every game,” he said [Rangers Review].

“The club is trying to win everything every single year. They’re trying to do well in Europe but also trying to win everything domestically.

“It’s just a different mentality in the MLS. The goal is to get to the playoffs and hopefully from there you can win your three or four games and win an MLS Cup. It’s a different mentality and it’s a change for any player to go into that kind of environment and do well.

“When I first got there, Lee Wallace probably helped me settle in the most as well as Scott Arfield and Andy Halliday. Scott is crazy but he’s a great guy and a great person to have within any club so I can only speak highly of him.”

Polster in the right place at the wrong time with Rangers move

The American is one of several players who have found themselves in the right place at the wrong time in trying to dislodge James Tavernier from the side.

Had Polster arrived at another time, he might have had a chance to become a first-team regular for Rangers but he, like various others, had no chance at moving Tav.

Now he’s back in MLS, it’s good to see Polster enjoying success at club level and hopefully he can force his way back into the reckoning for the US national team.

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