Harry Forrester's Iran spell goes really bizarre after Rangers exit

Rangers fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 15, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premiership giants Rangers released Harry Forrester at the end of last season and now he's playing in Iran.

Harry Forrester of Rangers celebrates scoring during the Scottish Championships match between Rangers and St. Mirren at Ibrox Stadium on February 27, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Strangely enough, the Iranian top flight has become a home for a number of former Scottish Premiership attackers of late.

Anthony Stokes and Lee Erwin both moved to the Middle Eastern nation during the summer transfer window. And Harry Forrester soon followed in their footsteps, signing a two-year deal with Tractor Sazi after seeing his Rangers contract cancelled in July.

 

So far, all three players have enjoyed differing fortunes since making the move to Iran. Former Celtic and Hibernian striker Stokes has nine goals in eight games, eight more than Erwin has scored in the same period.

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Forrester, meanwhile, made his second eye-catching move of the summer just weeks after swapping Rangers for the Iran Pro League.

Harry Forrester of AFC Wimbledon celebrates after scoring his sides goal  during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and A.F.C. Wimbledon at Sixfields on October 14, 2017...

The former Brentford winger made just two appearances for Tractor before bizarrely moving to local rivals Machine Sazi on loan at the beginning of September. And, to make things even stranger, Forrester has not been included in a single match-day squad since, with Machine stuck in the second tier of Iranian football.

Few would have expected when Forrester was released by Rangers, or playing on loan for AFC Wimbledon, that he would end up in the Iranian Azadegan division just a few months later.

Harry Forrester of Rangers celebrates after his side score their first goal through Clint Hill of Rangers (not pictured) during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and...

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