County still keen on Riordan

Adams hoping to land proven frontman as a free agent

Derek Riordan: Worked with Derek Adams during his time at Hibernian

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Ross County boss Derek Adams is hoping to bring Derek Riordan into his squad, a man he believes has been unfairly labelled as a bad boy.

It is believed that the 29-year-old's previous misdemeanours have resulted in him being left on the shelf this summer.

The former Hibernian and Celtic forward has a proven track record when it comes to grabbing Scottish Premier League goals, but clubs are reluctant to take a gamble on him.

Adams is prepared to buck that trend, though, and is hoping a deal can be agreed for a man he claims to have enjoyed working with during his time at Easter Road.

He told the Daily Record: "People talk about problems but I have dealt with far worse than Derek. He is a good boy and, dare I say it, an intelligent lad.

"The past is the past. Let's see what the future holds. Derek is a player with an outstanding ability to score goals.

Option

"Our interest in him remains very much alive. He is an option we are keen to pursue and we are still speaking to his agent.

"If possible, we would like to sit down and talk with them, hopefully some time this week,

"Riordan has a great goalscoring record - the third best in SPL history - and can also play just in behind the striker.

"We're realistic - others are interested so it will be difficult for us - but we'll keep trying.

"Setting aside money and contracts, I suspect Derek just wants to play football. If he feels coming here would give him that platform then the opportunity is there.

"I think it would be good for him. I worked with him at Hibs and know the lad quite well."