Popular former Rangers striker on fire in Euro top-flight league after surprise January move
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Former Rangers striker on fire in European top-flight league after surprise January move

Former Rangers striker Joe Garner is thriving in the Cypriot First Division following a surprise January transfer from Wigan Athletic.

Garner spent the 2016/17 season at Ibrox, scoring ten goals and notching three assists in 34 appearances.

Joe Garner celebrates netting against Hamilton Accies at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He wasn’t prolific in front of goal, as those stats show, but he won the Gers faithful over with his work rate, and supporters even made an attempt to get his adopted song Glad All Over by The Dave Clark Five to Christmas number one.

The Englishman joined Ipswich Town in the summer of 2017 before moving to Wigan a year later. He spent two and a half seasons at the DW Stadium before departing by mutual consent in December 2020.

Garner had been linked with a move to Indian Super League side East Bengal [The Sun]. However, the transfer didn’t materialise and instead, he made a surprise switch to Cypriot heavyweights APOEL FC.

It hasn’t been a great season to date for Cyprus’ most successful club, who missed on a top-six finish prior to the recent league split.

Garner has made a considerable impact, though.

The former Rangers striker left Wigan and is now flying after joining APOEL in January. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

He scored the crucial first goal in a 2-0 win over Karmiotissa on Monday night, which was his sixth strike in eight APOEL appearances.

The former Ger has also netted against Olympiakos Nicosia and Ethnikos, while he scored a fine hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Nea Salamis in mid-February.

It was an interesting decision from APOEL – a side who played in the Champions League as recently as 2017 – to bring a player in from EFL League One, but it’s proving to be a masterstroke and aged 32, Garner looks to be in some of the best form of his career.

Meanwhile, Rangers have been linked with a pre-contract move for a full international currently playing in the Championship.

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