Defender hails Steven Gerrard and ‘incredible’ Ibrox experience after living Rangers for MLS

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MATT POLSTER has thanked Steven Gerrard for making his Scottish ‘dream’ come true as he vowed to take Rangers’ winning mentality back to Major League Soccer.

The 27-year-old departed Ibrox to join New England Revolution on Wednesday evening for an undisclosed fee.

Polster made just 10 appearances for the Gers during his 18-months stint, nevertheless, he has expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to experience ‘a different world’ in his first playing spell outside the United States.

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He said: “Going over to Scotland was a dream for me. I made that happen and I want to thank the staff for that. The experience was incredible.

“It’s a different world over there, especially at Rangers. It’s so competitive.

“You NEED to win games and hopefully I can bring that mentality back to the U.S.”

Polster was a star player for Chicago Fire after being drafted in 2015, playing 82 times and winning one senior cap for the United States.

And he is determined to kick-start his career under the watchful eye of former national team boss Bruce Arena, who is technical director and head coach of the Revs.

Polster continued: “This is the right time to move. I’m 27 and I want to play more often.

“I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to play for a coach like Bruce [Arena] and the staff he has.

“The staff showed a real willingness to get me over here so I want to play for him and I want to win. Bruce is a winning coach.”

Arena added: “Matt is a talented player, very athletic, and technically sound.

“His experience in MLS and his ability to play in multiple positions makes him a great addition to our roster.”