Steven Gerrard outlined his plans for Matt Polster, during an interview with RangersTV after today’s 3-1 victory over Hearts.

The USA international finally made his Gers debut at Tynecastle, after two and a half months of waiting.

He came on in the 86th minute, replacing Steven Davis.

Encouragingly, the substitution was well received by the Gers fans. Chants of ‘USA! USA!’ were audible from the away end.

Going forward, Gerrard predicts more cameos from the £540k-rated utility player [Transfermarkt], before a big 2019/20.

 

“I think the idea with Matt was to get him in and get him over the line”, he told RangersTV.

“A good signing, on a free. Give him a couple of months to settle into the city, get used to the way Rangers play, get used to his teammates and then, at the right time, introduce him to it.”

“He got five or six minutes today and done well. Hopefully, we can give him some more game time, from now until the end and then he’ll be ready for next season with a full pre-season under his belt.”

Today’s fixture saw Polster’s first competitive appearance since October. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

It was great to see Polster getting a runout, continuing a fine tradition in the famous shirt.

It’s also exciting to hear that we’re likely to see a bit more of him over the coming games.

He’s a fresh face and constitutes a fairly unknown quantity. Hopefully, that works in his favour as he looks to make an impact at the back end of this league campaign.

Then, next season, he could become a genuine contender for a starting berth.

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