Signing Matt Polster keeps up Rangers' proud American tradition
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Signing Matt Polster keeps up Rangers' proud American tradition

As Rangers confirm the signing of American Matt Polster, it continues a unique tradition at Ibrox.
Our latest recruit follows in a long line of players from the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave who’ve signed on at Rangers.
And Rangers fans have always shared a good relationship with those who’ve decided swap Stateside for Glasgow. They’re already excited about Polster.

Matt Polster, 25, joins Rangers having spent his entire career with Chiacgo Fire in the MLS. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

We’ve had no fewer than seven American soccer players at Ibrox prior to Polster joining. All of them have joined the club within the last 20 years.

Some of them have fared better than others, but they’ve all been warmed to by the Ibrox faithful.

American players always warmly received at Ibrox

Claudio Reyna kicked off the American revolution at Ibrox back in 1999 by helping to win a league and cup double in his first of two seasons at Rangers.
The likes of DaMarcus Beasley, Maurice Edu and Carlos Bocanegra cemented the USA into Ibrox history in the mid-2000s. Each of them is fondly remembered by Rangers fans, and in turn, each of them fondly remember the club.
As if Maurice Edu was ever going to forget scoring a last minute Old Firm winner at Ibrox. Or Beasley scoring that goal in Lyon.

Ex-Rangers Mo Edu (13), DaMarcus Beasley (17) and also Carlos Bocanegra (3) are pictured here in the same USA XI. (Photo by Wade Jackson/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)

The likes of Alejandro Bedoya, Gedion Zelalem and perhaps most prominently, Emerson Hyndman, might’ve not enjoyed as much success as their compatriots.
But they remain warmly thought of by Rangers supporters.

Matt Polster becomes the eighth American to sign for Rangers. In doing so, he continues a tradition of Rangers signing passionate, talented, and likeable compatriots from his country.
Let’s hope he continues their legacy of success at the club too.