Rangers defender Matt Polster has confessed that he had “no idea” that the Gers had so many fans and insists that he’s “never known anything like” 46,000 fans turning out after a 4-0 first-leg win.

The American made his first competitive start in the 6-0 win over St. Joseph’s and was stunned to see Ibrox packed almost to capacity for the Europa League clash.

BRIDGEVIEW, IL - JULY 01: Chicago Fire defender Matt Polster (2) drives with the ball in the first half during an MLS soccer match between the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the Chicago Fire on July 01, 2017, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.  Rangers

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Polster also told how he speaks to supporters in America who are “so excited” for the opportunity the former Chicago Fire star has.

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“I just had no idea there were so many fans following this club,” Polster told the Daily Record.

“When I speak to the supporters, especially back in America, they’re so excited for me. People know how big an opportunity this is and how huge it is for me.

“All Rangers supporters just want us to win – that’s the message they keep giving me. I’m OK with that. In our first home match in Europe, we had over 46,000 fans there – and that was despite us being 4-0 up from the first leg.


“I have never known anything like that before.”


Polster looks as though he’s going to be back-up to James Tavernier at right-back, despite being comfortable there or in midfield, and played the full 90 minutes on Thursday night.

After missing much of 2018 through injury, Polster’s January arrival saw him then given several months to build his fitness and adjust to his new surrounding before being introduced.

The American definitely has the ability to be a big success at Ibrox but faces a real fight to depose Tavernier as the first-choice right-back.

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