Former Rangers ace Matt Polster has admitted it was “tough” to leave Ibrox after falling in love with the club during his time in Scotland – but confessed it was equally as difficult to turn down the chance to work with US icon Bruce Arena.

The ex-Chicago Fire star left Ibrox earlier this summer to sign for MLS side New England Revolution, managed by Arena, and is excited by the future following his return to the States.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 29: Matt Polster of Rangers is seen during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Ross County at Ibrox Stadium on January 29, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Polster was a popular figure amongst Gers fans but felt he needed more regular game-time after struggling to force his way into the starting XI at Rangers.

“Being there, you fall in love with the club and the fans fall in love with the players that are part of the club,” Polster said, as quoted by The Herald.

“Once you are a part of it, it is something special.

“It was tough to leave, I am not going to say it was easy. But it was also tough to turn down this kind of opportunity to play under Bruce and play for this club.

“On one hand you don’t want to leave because you want to be part of a big club like Rangers, but on the other hand I wanted to play more consistently and I also wanted to play for Bruce. There was a sad moment in leaving but there is also an exciting moment in starting something here with New England.”

Polster didn’t take part in the MLS is Back tournament held in Orlando recently as the US league gets back on its feet after Covid-19 and will make his debut for the Revs next week when they face another ex-Ger in Alejandro Bedoya and Philadelphia Union.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 18: Matt Polster of Rangers in action during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying round 2nd Leg match between Rangers and St Joseph at Ibrox Stadium on July 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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While it never worked out for Polster at Ibrox, it’s clear the American holds his time here in high regard following his move from Chicago.

Hopefully, he gets the games he is looking for with the Revs and can get back into contention for the US national team and build on his experience in Scotland.

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