Back in August 2016, Rangers signed Joe Garner from Preston for £1.56 million.

Despite signing a three-year contract, he only stayed put for a year.

Ultimately, the journeyman forward’s work ethic was never in question, but his goal return just wasn’t up to scratch.

Garner did manage a Scottish Cup Quarter Final hat-trick though. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In the summer of 2017, he left to join Ipswich, with Rangers only recouping approximately two thirds of their initial fee.

After a year at Portman Road, he has wound up at Wigan Athletic.


How’s it going so far down there?

Well, it doesn’t seem as though much has changed. He still works hard, but he’s far from prolific.

After joining the Latics during the summer, he scored just once in his first 14 matches in all competitions.


However, he could finally be hitting his straps in the Championship.

Today, he rounded off the scoring with a penalty, as Wigan pulled off a surprise 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

Garner celebrates after tucking away a penalty this afternoon. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

After 83 minutes, another ex-Ger, Josh Windass, drew a foul, before Garner cooly converted from the spot.

Two games previous, he single-handedly secured another impressive result for his side, with a brace. This time, a hard fought draw away at Swansea City.

Two weeks ago, he rose highest to head home, in Wales. (photo by Nathan Munkley/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Therefore, what had initially been a horror season in front of goal, now looks a little more rosy.

Garner will never be an out and out goal scorer, but he’s a workhorse, who largely won over the Rangers fans during his time at Ibrox.

If he can start to find the net a little more frequently, he might just have found himself a long-term home at the Wigan.

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