Rangers midfielder Harry Forrester is one of those players fans love to watch as he runs at defenders and uses his undoubted talent to bamboozle opponents – but the 27-year-old simply doesn’t do it often enough and must be axed by director of football Mark Allen in the summer.
When Forrester joined the Gers at the beginning of 2016 on a short-term contract, he quickly wowed fans with his direct style and willingness to put opposition defenders under pressure and earned himself a long-term stay with the Ibrox giants.
Before long, Forrester looked like a shadow of the player who had lit up the Scottish Championship during his initial six-months at Ibrox and struggled to get a place among the substitutes, never mind the starting XI.
Throughout Forrester’s career, it’s been a similar story of a highly-talented player taking the easiest path and putting the minimum of effort in to meet expectations before falling down the pecking order and then being sent packing.
This is a player who done enough to earn a two-year deal with Ajax after impressing the Dutch giants on trial before opting against it and choosing to sign for Brentford.
After falling out with Pedro Caixinha at the tail end of last season, Forrester was forced to train alone at the Gers’ Auchenhowie training base before being shipped out on loan to AFC Wimbledon for the season.
Thirty-seven games and three goals later, there’s been little from Forrester to show he’s any more committed to buckling down, putting the work in and fighting for a spot at Ibrox to prove he is capable of playing for a top side competing for trophies.
Instead, he’s found himself scrapping against relegation to League Two and looking at spending next season in limbo as his Ibrox contract ticks down.
When the midfielder returns to Glasgow after his spell with Wimbledon, Allen must do what should have been done last season and cut ties with Forrester permanently.