Riordan leaves Chinese club

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DEREK Riordan has ended his Chinese adventure after just four months, with his contract being mutually terminated.

However, the former Hibernian and Celtic star is keen to embark on a new challenge abroad.

The three-times capped Scotland international made the surprise move to Shaanxi Chanba in July to sign a lucrative two-year deal, but the ambitious switch has not worked out.

Riordan’s agent, Jim McArthur, said: “Derek has decided to leave and has reached an agreement with Shaanxi by mutual consent.

“Although he enjoyed his experience in China, he was out there without his partner and young daughter and was missing them and it turned out to be simply too far for him. Derek remains keen to try a new challenge abroad, closer to home and will look at new opportunities on his return.”

Turkish clubs are now believed to be looking at Riordan, who is a free agent and could play for them at the start of January. Shaanxi finished in mid-table in the Chinese League and Riordan managed just one goal in his time at the club – a poor return for the man who is third top scorer in SPL history behind Henrik Larsson and Kris Boyd.