Belfast Telegraph

Keith Gillespie linked with Glentoran move

Carling Premiership champions Glentoran are sizing up a sensational swoop for Keith Gillespie.

The Northern Ireland winger has been without a club since leaving Bradford City at the end of last season and saw a move to Hungarian side Ferencvaros fall through after a trial earlier this summer.

Now the Glens, who got the defence of their title off to a winning start on Saturday, are weighing up the possibility of taking the ex-Manchester United and Newcastle United star on a short-term deal.

Financial constraints at the Oval are well documented but the purse strings may well be loosened if they feel the addition of crowd favourite Gillespie would add to their chances of retaining the Gibson Cup, as well as attracting more interest in the east Belfast club.

Gillespie’s representatives are understood to have made a tentative approach to the Glens but no talks have taken place as yet. While finding a club in England or Scotland would still be the prime target for the 34-year old, a move to the Glens appears to appeal to Gillespie.

With many Glentoran fans calling for a natural right-sided midfielder, there is no doubting the veteran winger would fit the bill.

Daryl Fordyce’s bright start to the season may give Oval boss Alan McDonald food for thought but Gillespie’s undoubted talent would be hard to turn down if a deal could be agreed.

Since winning the title last season, only Richard Clarke has been added to the Glens squad although several promising youngsters are breaking through.

The arrival of Gillespie, who has played at the highest level of the game, would surely be a bonus due to his wealth of experience.

Whether or not it would signal a return from the international wilderness remains to be seen.

Birmingham City’s Damien Johnson and Niall McGinn of Celtic have been preferred for Wednesday night’s friendly against Israel.

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