Date: 31st May 2010 at 10:00am
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The silly season is well and truly underway with stories linking Hibs with Paul Hartley and Celtic with a move for Kris Boyd but today’s reports of Derek Riordan moving to Azerbaijan top either ‘story’.

According to the Daily Record, Azerbaijani outfit Gabala FC, managed by Tony Adams and assisted by Gary Stevens, are set to make a £500,000 bid for Riordan.

The scorer of 19 goals last season is entering the final year of his contract at Easter Road and has been linked with moves to Derby and Nurnberg following his apparent falling out with the Hibs hierarchy over comments made regarding the state of the playing surface at Easter Road.

However the prospect of Derek Riordan plying his trade in the former Soviet state seem at best far fetched at a time where he’s entering his prime and hoping to persuade new Scotland manager Craig Levein of his international credentials.

Should Riordan be allowed to leave over the summer months there will be unrest within the rank and file of the Hibs support unless a proven player is brought in as a replacement.