Blackpool trial for former Celtic star

Derek Riordan
Derek Riordan

Blackpool have handed a trial to a Scottish international – former Hibernian and Celtic striker Derek Riordan.

Riordan turned 29 yesterday, when he played in Pool’s behind-closed-doors friendly at Bolton as he searches for a new club following a disappointing spell in Chinese football.

Riordan has bags of experience in the Scottish Premier League and knows where the net is.

He spent two seasons at Celtic between two spells at Hibs and scored 95 SPL goals – that makes him the third-highest goalscorer in the history of the competition, behind prolific Old Firm duo Kris Boyd and Henrik Larsson.

But if Pool do want to sign the frontman, they face serious competition.

Riordan is being chased by SPL outfit Kilmarnock and Turkish club Kayserispor

He left Hibs in July for Shaanxi Chan-Ba, who play in the Chinese Super League. But he didn’t enjoy it and departed in returned to these shores in November.

Joining Riordan in yesterday’s run-out at Bolton were Seasiders skipper Barry Ferguson, who needs to top up his fitness after missing the last three games through suspension, and defenders Ian Evatt and Craig Cathcart, both unused subs in last weekend’s draw at Ipswich.