Ibrox Exclusive: McNamara feels sorry for Rangers player after his stance on exit reported

Jackie McNamara admitted he feels sorry for Rangers utility man Matt Polster after his reasons for wanting to stay in Scotland were reported.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Scotland international showed sympathy towards the 26-year-old as he hasn’t exactly been given the opportunity to prove himself at Ibrox.

It was recently reported that several MLS clubs were keen to tempt Polster with a return to the US but he’d rather join a Scottish club as he doesn’t want to return home with his tail between his legs.

McNamara wasn’t sure why Steven Gerrard has continually overlooked Polster and suggested it may be a case of the Gers boss not rating him highly enough to play him.

When asked if he feels sorry for Polster as he doesn’t want to return to the MLS with his tail between his legs after failing to feature much for the Gers, McNamara told Football Insider: “He’s not had a great deal of opportunities so yeah.

“I suppose from his side of it, he needs an opportunity to show what he can do and maybe because of the form of the other players in his position or just because he isn’t rated highly enough, he hasn’t got them.

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“But that’s football, you need opportunities to show what you can do and maybe he’ll get them somewhere else.”

Polster, who can play as a midfield anchor or a right-back, only arrived at Ibrox last January after joining the Gers from Chicago Fire.

The USA international has only managed to rack up five appearances for Gerrard’s side, with four of them coming this season.

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