Anthony Stokes scored a wonderful 30-yard goal on his Tractor Sazi debut yesterday.
The Irish striker’s switch to Iran raised eyebrows considering he’s only 30 and wasn’t long ago inspiring Hibs to a memorable Scottish Cup victory.
John Toshack is the manager at Tractor Sazi and signed former Rangers man Harry Forrester before doing a deal to get Stokes.
And that looks like it could pay off big, with Stokes scoring early on in his debut yesterday.
Cutting in from the left to find some space 30 yards out, the ex-Celtic man belted the ball into the bottom corner of the net:
— Tiraxturclub (@FcTractor1970) August 4, 2018
It’s a shame he isn’t still doing this with a Scottish team, but maybe some regular football out in Iran could help reignite Stokes’ career before he inevitably returns to British football.
Tractor Sazi didn’t manage to build on Stokes’ goal and get the win as opponents Nassaji Mazandaran equalised to grab a 1-1 draw.
But Stokes in Iran could be one to watch going forward.