Hibs reject Bhoys Riordan bid
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
<EM>Skysports.com</EM> understand Celtic have failed in a bid for Derek Riordan.Skysports.com understand Celtic have had a bid for Derek Riordan rejected by Hibernian.
New Celtic boss Gordon Strachan has admitted that he had already outlined his transfer targets after taking over from Martin O'Neill and it is thought Riordan is top of his list.
Strachan has wasted very little time in making his interest known and is believed to have made an enquiry for the highly-rated striker.
Celtic could be in the market for a new striker with doubts still surrounding their pursuit of Craig Bellamy, with the Welshman's loan deal expiring last weekend.
Hibs have put Riordan up for sale after he turned down the club's first offer of a new deal at Easter Road.
Riordan has just over a year to run on his current contract and Hibs could be ready to cash-in on him rather than risk seeing him see out his contract.
Hibs boss Tony Mowbray is keen to keep hold of Riordan and he rejected the offer from Celtic for Scotland's Young Player of the Year.
The Edinburgh outfit know they face a fight to keep Riordan, with a number of clubs north and south of the border tracking his progress.
Sunderland, Ipswich and Rangers have all been linked with Riordan, but Celtic are hoping to steal a march on their rivals by trying to lure Riordan to Parkhead.