From Iran to America: Harry Forrester's career continues strange path after Rangers exit

22 Mar 1997: Braeden Cloutier of the New York

Scottish Premiership powerhouses Rangers released winger Harry Forrester in July and now he is playing in the USL with Orange County.

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...

It is almost six months to the day since Harry Forrester’s Rangers career came to an end.

After 44 appearances and eight goals for the Glasgow giants, a player who was signed during the reign of Mark Warburton in the summer of 2016 was released with a year remaining on his contract, as reported by the BBC.

But if you are wondering why you haven’t heard much from Forrester in the last few months, there might be a good reason. Because Forrester has not simply returned to England, having spent the second half of last season at AFC Wimbledon.

 

Instead, the 28-year-old is now plying his trade in the American second tier – after a brief and bizarre spell in Iran.

Forrester signed a contract with Orange County in January, joining his former Brentford team-mate Charlie Adams in California.

"I'm very excited to bring a player of Harry's calibre on board and continue to strengthen our team from a year ago,” said Orange County’s head coach Braeden Cloutier (below) told the club’s official website.

22 Mar 1997: Braeden Cloutier of the New York

“One of our first priorities this off-season was to find a dynamic winger with the ability to create off the dribble. Harry has that quality and proved it at a very high level for Rangers, one of the biggest clubs in the Scottish Premier League."

Forrester will be hoping that his spell in the United Soccer League goes better than his ill-fated time in the Middle East.

He made just two appearances for Tractor Sazi before bizarrely moving to local rivals Machine Sazi on loan at the beginning of September.

And, to make things even stranger, Forrester was not been included in a single match-day squad with Machine stuck in the second tier of Iranian football.

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.

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