Former Rangers player Harry Forrester is rebuilding his career in style

Rangers fans celebrate at the final whistle as Rangers beat Celtic 1-0 during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in...

Harry Forrester was released by Scottish Premiership giants Rangers in 2017 - but where is he now?

Harry Forrester of Rangers celebrates after Ally Gilchrist of Peterhead scores an own goal during the Petrofac Training Cup Final  between Rangers and Peterhead at Hampden Park on April 10,...

A lot has changed since Harry Forrester last pulled on the royal blue shirt of Rangers – for both him and the club.

In that 4-0 thrashing of Hamilton Academical in March 2017, Forrester featured alongside Jon Toral, Joe Dodoo, Joe Garner and Emerson Hyndman while Philippe Senderos sat, as he so often did at Ibrox, on the bench.

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Two and a half years have passed since that clash with The Accies and 14 months since Forrester’s contract at Rangers was cancelled with mutual consent. The Glasgow giants didn’t want to keep him and the midfielder felt the time was right for a fresh start.

 

But all those who expected the former Brentford and Doncaster winger to merely drift back into the Football League and spend his remaining years being churned around the third and fourth tiers, from Yorkshire to Devon, Lancashire to the Midlands, didn’t see a globe-trotting world tour on the agenda.

Yet if Forrester’s spell in Iran of all places didn’t go to plan, life is certainly looking a lot sweeter under the Californian Sun.

Harry Forrester #11 of Orange County SC in action during the USL match between Orange County FC and Phoenix Rising FC at Casino Arizona Field on June 15, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Richard Chaplow and Liam Trotter had the right idea when they decided to swap weekends in Rochdale and Gillingham for the American dream and, as of this summer, Forrester followed in their footsteps by joining Orange County in the US second tier.

Kansas-born coach Braeden Cloutier was thrilled to sign a ‘player of Harry's calibre’ and Forrester hasn’t let him down. With seven assists to his name, the 28-year-old has looked a cut above, firing Orange County into fourth in the Western Conference.

He is showing once and for all that there is life outside the borders of Britain for a footballer who wants to broaden his horizons.

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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