Following Sunday afternoon’s victory over Motherwell at Ibrox, Steven Gerrard once again defended James Tavernier and hit out at a section of the Rangers support for continually criticising the skipper [RangersTV].
It was a section of the post-match interview which is bound to have given Tavernier a lift.
Yet, for fringe player Matt Polster, the manager’s comments will surely have stung.
“I don’t think there’s a lot wrong,” Gerrard told RangersTV. “He’ll play through this and he’ll get back to his best, which is top.”
“We haven’t got many options to replace him, because we’ve had injuries to Flanagan. So I think James needs the crowd with him at the minute and that’ll certainly help him to play through this little barren spell he’s having.”
By failing to even mention Polster as a possible replacement for Tavernier, the Gers boss showed just how far down the pecking order the USA international really is.
The 26-year-old signed in January after leaving Chicago Fire, but has made just four appearances so far [Soccerbase], with his two starts coming at right-back, but against lowly opposition in the form of East Fife and St Joseph’s.
As a player who has been training with the first team and seeking to prove himself for months on end, it must be hard to take to not even be mentioned in the reckoning for your preferred playing position.