Bristol Rovers boss Mark McGhee completes double striker swoop
BRISTOL Rovers boss Mark McGhee made good on his promise to add two new strikers to his squad before Saturday's trip to Exeter City after completing deals to sign Derek Riordan and Tom Eaves.
McGhee has offered former Celtic striker Riordan, capped three times by Scotland, a short-term deal until Christmas, while Bolton youngster Eaves, 20, has agreed an 93-day emergency loan deal.
Riordan was signed as a free agent after leaving St Johnstone following a short spell at the end of last season and has since trained with Championship club Blackpool, League One side MK Dons and, most recently, Scottish Premier League new boys Ross County.
He has a good scoring record over two spells with Scottish Premier League club Hibernian – 90 in 225 games – and has also played for Celtic and Chinese club Shaanxi Chan-Ba.
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However, Riordan is dealing with some off-field problems and is expected to stand trial after appearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court earlier this month to face charges of breach of the peace and using anti-homosexual language to door staff at an nightclub in the Scottish capital on May 7. He earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail. The case has been adjourned until October 9, when the trial is expected to begin.
Eaves, meanwhile, arrives from Bolton in a bid to get games under his belt after a year-long absence due to a knee injury.
The 20-year-old has yet to start a senior league game, but impressed during 15 appearances off the bench for Oldham in the 2009-10 season.
He scored a hat-trick against Bolton in a pre-season friendly the summer before last and was signed by Owen Coyle a few weeks later – but has yet to feature. Both players will go into the squad for Saturday's trip to St James' Park.