Richard Dunne Linked With Celtic and QPR

Richard Dunne’s patience in his search for a new club could be rewarded in the coming weeks with possible moves to QPR and Glasgow Celtic on the cards.  

Dunne is hoping to put an injury plagued season behind him in his pursuit of a new club and the London and Glasgow sides appear to be the front runners for the defenders signature.

The Villa man has had to contend with an inability to overcome persistent groin problems this year, and didn’t feature for Aston Villa despite being on the cusp of a return on a few occasions this season gone, only for a recurrence of his existing problems to hamper such efforts.

Dunne was hoping to make a return to the Villa squad in August after a harrowing European Championships for him and his Republic of Ireland teammates in Poland which saw them exit after three disappointing results.

With the defender in the unfortunate position of his contract having run out whilst still injured it has proven harder to land himself with a new club, however he was given the opportunity to showcase his abilities and prove his return to fitness when he played in Ireland’s end of season international friendly with Georgia, at Landsdowne road.

He was initially rumored to have been on his way to join international teammate Robbie Keane in MLS.  However such a move now appears unlikely.

Dunne is believed to want to remain in the Premiership but the unfortunate sequence of injuries and the subsequent ending of his contract means that few clubs are willing to take the perceived risk.  But it it believed that Harry Redknapp is willing to take a gamble and bring the centre back to Loftus Road, where his experience could help bring his side straight back up to the top flight.

Neil Lennon is also known to be interested in bringing the player to Celtic Park, seeing the Irishman as an ideally experienced player to help the likes of Virgil van Dijk,  a fellow centre back, settle in following his move from Dutch side FC Groningen.

Despite his problems what is attractive about Dunne is that he comes with a bulk of experience and no price tag; the only potential stumbling block being terms and wages.  Dunne will have to expect to take a significant cut in wages and equally might have to settle for short term, rolling contracts.

But for a player hungry to play, these are surmountable stumbling blocks.

Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.