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Frustration for ex-Hibernian, Celtic striker Riordan

Derek Riordan has revealed his frustration at not being able to find a new club despite saying he will play for free.

The 31-year old former Scotland, Hibernian and Celtic striker has not played competitively since December 2012 when he was released by Bristol Rovers and has hardly been able to train with clubs after being shut out by most he has contacted.

Riordan, who has also had spells with St Johnstone, Cowdenbeath and Chinese side Shaanxi Chanba (now Guizhou Renhe), trained with Alloa Athletic late last year but remains puzzled as to why nobody will take a chance on him.

"I've asked quite a few clubs for training and it's been a no-go, which I can't understand," he told The Scotsman.

"It's odd for me. I've offered to play for nothing and nobody's taken it up. I've changed agents a couple of times and, whether you're getting the right information back, I don't know.

"It could be that someone's put out a bad word about me. I think I've only had one breach of the peace charge in my life, so it's not exactly that bad. I don't know what it is. It is quite frustrating."

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