The Daily Record reports that Matt Polster is one of a number of players Rangers are looking to move on come the January transfer window.
The USA international made a substitute appearance at Motherwell on Sunday, but that was only his fourth outing of the campaign.
Should he leave the club as suggested, it could accelerate a young starlet’s progression to the first team.
Rangers starlet Patterson could benefit from Polster departure
Graeme Murty spoke highly of Nathan Patterson earlier this season claiming he is a player with ‘elite-level’ traits and the 18-year-old is in the process of negotiating a new long-term deal with the club [Four Lads Had a Dream].
The right-back is one of the Academy’s finest prospects and is a regular at youth international level with Scotland U19s.
👏 Congratulations Nathan Patterson, Carrick Packaging Academy Player of the Month for September. pic.twitter.com/awfM5a8VEx
— Rangers Youth Academy (@RFC_Youth) October 30, 2019
His immediate issue in terms of progression to the first team is that the skipper, James Tavernier, plays in his position.
However, if Polster were to leave next month, that would likely leave Patterson third in the pecking order behind Tav and Jon Flanagan.
Flanagan’s own future is far from certain, though, given that his contract is set to expire in the summer.
Steven Gerrard recently made it clear that the ex-Liverpool defender had plenty of work to do if he was to earn an extension [Daily Record], and his most recent outing at left-back against Aberdeen was far from convincing.
It could be that a pathway is being created for Patterson, who trained with the first team ahead of tonight’s clash against Hibernian.
Should Polster and Flanagan both leave the club over the next six months, he could well be Rangers’ second-choice right-back before his 19th birthday.