Ben Gordon signs for Kilmarnock on loan

Ben Gordon.
Ben Gordon.©SNS Group

Ben Gordon has returned to Kilmarnock on loan from Chelsea, the club's manager Kenny Shiels has confirmed.

The left back was a popular figure at Rugby Park during a short loan spell at the start of last season, making a total of 21 apperances.

"Ben Gordon, who played for us last season and did so well, has agreed to [sign]," Shiels confirmed on Wednesday. "He will come up for the rest of the season."

Gordon, 20, subsequently spent time on loan with Scunthorpe United and Peterborough United, before returning to play in Chelsea's reserve side.

The move takes the number of January signings at Kilmarnock to three. Dean Shiels, who spent the first half of the season on loan, has joined on a permanent basis for the rest of the campaign.

Scunthorpe United defender Michael Nelson is also expected to conclude his transfer shortly, having agreed a two-and-a-half year deal to sign for the club.

Neither Gordon nor Nelson will be eligible to play in Kilmarnock's Scottish Cup replay with Dundee on January 17, having not been registered at the time of the original tie.

Both would be free to play in any subsequent rounds and are also eligible to play in the Scottish Communities League Cup semi-final against Ayr United.

Former Hibernian and Celtic forward Derek Riordan is also training with the club, having ended a short spell with Chinese club Shaanxi Chan-Ba towards the end of 2011.

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