MATT POLSTER has an eye on breaking back into the United States national team – but knows that will only come when he establishes himself at Rangers.
Signing for Gers in the January transfer window, the 25 year-old has one cap for the Stars and Stripes, and naturally, is looking to follow the many Gers players of the past to have turned out in the national colours.
Claudio Reyna, DaMarcus Beasley, Maurice Edu and Carlos Bocanegra have all earned caps for the USMNT while at Ibrox, though Polster knows first he needs to force his way into Steven Gerrard’s plans to make an impression on coach Gregg Berhalter.
“The first goal is to get games here and prove I can play at this level,” explained Polster, “and that will obviously correlate and help me get in the national team.
“My main focus is here, but of course I want to be a part of the national team at some point again.
“There is that expectation [on me] because of all those players that have come here and done well for the club, and you want to replicate that.
“That expectation is high and I am willing to work hard and show that I can to what they did here. That is the goal.
Polster came close to making his debut last month before suffering a setback, but he is back, ready once more to step-in whenever called upon by Steven Gerrard.
“It was obviously frustrating I was getting fit, sharp and then it just didn’t work out, but now the goal is to let that go, wait for the next chance and get ready.
“I want to make my debut, as any player does when they come to a club. They want to play, and that’s what I want to do. In terms of when that will come, I’m not sure.
“I just need to keep working hard and when the chances come I just need to take them.”
Polster has James Tavernier in front of him in the right-back pecking order, and while being hugely impressed with what Tavernier has done this season, Polster is ready to battle with him for a place in the side.
He added: “He is a great player who has done very well this season for the club. He has scored a lot of goals and many assists too.
“He has shown his quality and that makes it difficult for me as a player, but it is something I am willing to take on and, when I get the chance, hopefully I can take it.”