Playoff heartbreak for ex-Rangers player after record-breaking season
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Playoff heartbreak for ex-Rangers player after record-breaking season

Former Rangers player Matt Polster experienced MLS playoff heartbreak with New England Revolution earlier this week when they were dumped out by New York City FC.

Polster spent 18 months at Ibrox as a backup right-back but returned to his native United States in July 2020.

Matt Polster in Europa League Qualifying action for Rangers against St Joseph’s at Ibrox. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The Revs paid a reported £300k to snap him up [Scottish Sun] and he quickly established himself in his preferred defensive midfield position.

This year, he’s been a key part of a record-breaking campaign, featuring in 30 of their 34 regular season matches as they won the Supporters’ Shield for the first time ever and recorded their highest ever points total.

They looked well placed to thrive in the playoffs and secure their maiden MLS Cup.

However, things didn’t go to plan at all and they fell at the first hurdle, losing at home to New York City FC in their Conference Semi-Final.

Polster started the match and played all the way up to the final minute of normal time when he was subbed off with the two teams locked at 1-1.

The former Rangers player suffered MLS playoff heartbreak with New England Revolution earlier this week. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The contest went to extra time and NYC FC took the lead through Valentin Castellanos in the 109th minute.

Yet, Castellanos was sent off soon after, and the Revs capitalised on the man advantage, with Tajon Buchanan scoring a dramatic 118th-minute equaliser to trigger penalties.

It was the visitors who held their nerve in the shootout, though, triumphing 5-3 to ensure Polster and co.’s season ended in disappointment.

Meanwhile, a UEFA twitter account has lauded a Rangers star’s ‘sensational’ work.